19 August 2018

Ying Ying and Jin Wei enter second round

Ying Ying and Jin Wei enter second round

KUALA LUMPUR - Women’s singles shuttler Lee Ying Ying kept her good fortune going by checking into the second round of the Perodua Malaysian Masters.

The 20-year-old stepped up her game with a fine 21-17, 23-21 upset win over world No. 35 Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The result was an impressive improvement for the world No. 62, who was taken to three games by Indonesian Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky in the qualifiers on Tuesday.

“After a hard qualifying match, I was a bit more relaxed today and that was probably why I did much better today.

“The Malaysian Masters is a big event for me, so I am really hoping to keep doing well,” said Ying Ying.

The Perak-born shuttler will next face Japan’s world No. 14 Aya Ohori for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old Ohori pulled off an upset by beating sixth seed Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea 21-15, 21-13.

Former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei made a quick rebound from her early exit at the Thailand Masters last week by cruising into the second round.

The world No. 50 was on fire as she outclassed Indonesia’s Hanna Ramadini 21-15, 21-19.

National No. 1 Soniia Cheah and Lim Yin Fun were, however, unfortunate to lose in the first round.

World No. 29 Soniia held world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan by the throat but ran out of steam to lose 21-18, 12-21, 12-21.

World No. 88 Yin Fun also did her best against world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan but fell short to lose 18-21, 21-17, 12-21.

There were better fortunes for the Malaysian women’s pairings as Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen and Soong Fie Cho-Tee Jing Yi all made the second round.


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