Petaling Jaya: Tough Olympics draw The doubles shuttle driver Soh Wooi Yik did not put out the fire.
Indeed, enthusiastic Wooi Yik and partner Aaron Chia are all set to give their Group D opponents a worthy fight at their first Olympics in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8.
They were combined with the ancient Indonesian hands Muhammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, South Korean Choi Sol-gyu-seo Seong-jae and Joshua Anthony Ho-cho-neil Yakura.
Only the top two pairs will reach the knockout stage of the top eight. They should beat the Canadians but matches against the other couple could go either way.
Wooi Yik said that the key to their confidence was the fact that they had defeated their opponents before.
“We have an equal chance here. We have met these opponents before and there were mixed results,” Wuyi Yi said.
In fact, in the World Tour Finals in Thailand in January, Aaron-Woe Yik fell into the same group with the Indonesians and the Koreans as well. They defeated Sol Gyu Seung Jae in straight matches but defeated former world champion Ehsan Hendra.
The 2019 All England runner-up, who trained under coach Flande Limbele, has played against the Indonesians seven times and won once in the 2019 China Open. They have a 2-2 record against the fast attacking Koreans.
“The Koreans are strong on the counter-attack and have a solid defense as well. They are consistent with their shots and we know it won’t be easy against them,” said Wuyik.
“Of course, the statistics favor the Indonesians. But the important thing is that we beat them once.
“Our coach Flandi is there to guide us and will definitely give us pointers against Ehsan Hendra and the other players. We have had our full support and support.
“The most important thing is to make sure of our game plan and play with confidence on the field. It really depends on us.
“Right now, instead of getting nervous, we’re more excited and looking forward to putting in a good showing at our first Olympics.”
The nominees are Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo – Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia, but they are in a tough first group with three pairs, they have played first-class badminton recently – Li Yang, Wang Chi Lin (Tab), Bin Lin Chun Vendy (Eng) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy- Chirag Shetty (India).
Lee Yang-Chi-lin is the strongest based on his triple championships this year, as he dominated the first three championships in Thailand this year. They have twice won the Opening and World Tour Finals.
There are also equally powerful pairs from Japan and China – which makes the men’s doubles in this version of the fight a mouth-watering affair. Group A: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (ENA), Li Yang, Wang Chi Lin (TPE), Ben Lin Chun Fendi (ING), Satwixirag Rankirardi-Shirag Shetty (India). Group B: Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Japan), Anders Skarup Rasmussen-Kim Astrup (DN), Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Suzunov (Russia), Godwin Olofua-Anoluabo Gowon Obiori (Carpenter). Group C: Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (China), Keigo Sonoda, Takeshi Kamura (Japan), Mark Lamsfuss, Marvin Seidel (Germany), Philip Chiu, Ryan Chiu (USA). Group D: Muhammed Ehsan Hendra Setiawan (Ena), Aaron Chia Suh, Wei Yek (Mas), Choi Sol Gyo Seo Seung Jae (Kore), Joshua Anthony Ho Cho Neil Yakura (Canada).
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