KUALA LUMPUR – National men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were made to toil before advancing to the third round of the World Badminton Championships in Huelva, Spain.
In their second round match at Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Yew Sin-Ee Yi easily beat Joel Eipe-Rasmus kjaer of Denmark 21-12 in the first game.
However, the ninth seeded Malaysians faced stiff resistance in the second game, which saw the score tied at 19-19, before finally winning 21-19 in 39 minutes.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi, the world number 12, will face eighth seeded and world number nine Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India, who beat Taiwan’s Lee Jhe-Huei-Yang Po-Hsuan 21-4, 21-12.
Also through to the third round are national mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, who scored a convincing 21-8, 21-18 win over India’s Saurabh Sharma-Anoushka Parikh.
The ninth seeded Kian Meng-Pei Jing will next meet third seeds and Tokyo Olympics 2020 bronze medallists Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan.