Empty handed again

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Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik’s chase for major title continues after they were stopped in the final of the Thailand Open at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

The Taiwanese pair of Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin clinched back-to-back titles in Thailand as they cruised to a 21-13, 21-18 win in the men’s doubles final.

It was not only their third successive defeat to the Taiwanese pair on the circuit, but also the comprehensive. While their previous two encounters at the Korea Masters and the World Tour Final had gone the distance, Lee Yang-Chi-Lin wrapped up the final in straight games in just 36 minutes.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, the reigning SEA Games champions have now lost in all their three World Tour series final appearances. Their previous final defeats came at the SaarLorlux in 2018 and the prestigious All-England Open two years ago.

The Taiwanese world seventh ranked pair wrapped up the first game in just 13 minutes but came up with a stronger resistance from Aaron-Wooi Yik in the second. But with the score locked in at 18-18, the Malaysian pair could not find their extra momentum to force a decider.

Prior to the two titles in Thailand this month, the Lee Yang-Chi-Lin have never won a single Super 1000 crown. Their best was the Super 500 rated Indian Open two years ago.

Their two titles from two tournaments in Bangkok have been at the expense of Malaysian players. They won the Thailand Open (A) last Sunday defeating Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.

In the all-Korean women’s doubles final, fourth seeds Kim So Yeong-Kong Hee Yong denied their higher ranked opponents Lee So Hee-Ahin Seung Chan for the title. So Yeong-Hee Yong won the 56 minute encounter 21-18, 21-19.

In the women’s singles Spaniard Carolina Marin denied Taiwanese Tai Tzu Ying for the second time in two tournaments. Having beaten the top seeded Tzu Ying for the Thailand Open (1), Marin triumphed 21-19, 21-17 in the final today.


MEN’S SINGLES: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (Den)21-11, 21-7           

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Carolina Marin (Esp) bt Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) 21-19, 21-17

MEN’S DOUBLES: Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt  Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 21-13, 21-18

WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Kim So Yeong-Kong Hee Yong (Kor) bt Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan (Kor) 21-18, 21-19

MIXED DOUBLES:  Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yujung (Kor)  21-16, 22-20

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