Taiwan men's duo score first-round win at Malaysia Open badminton competition
Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Taiwanese Olympic gold medalists Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) and Lee Yang (李洋) advanced into the second round of the men's doubles after defeating their Dutch opponents at the Malaysia Open on Tuesday.
Wang and Lee, who took home Taiwan's first badminton gold at the Olympics last summer, needed only 26 minutes to overcome Ruben Jille and Ties Van Der Lecq 21-9, 21-15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
The pair got off to a strong start, leading the Dutch duo 9-6, but lost the next three points to let their opponents draw level before finding another gear and winning the next nine points, to take the first game 21-9.
In the second game, the Taiwanese No. 4 seeds initially found themselves in a see-saw battle, but with the game finely balanced at 11-11 Wang and Lee again found something special and pulled ahead ending the game 21-15 and winning the match 2-0.
The Taiwanese pairing next face Yew Sin Ong and Ee Yi Teo of Malaysia.
Also Tuesday, Taiwanese badminton veteran Chou Tien-chen (周天成) secured an opening match victory against Canadian Brian Yang to advance into the second round of the men's singles at the Malaysia Open.
Chou beat his opponent 21-16, 21-9 in 30 minutes and next faces Prannoy H.S. of India.
The Malaysia Open is one of the five Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 750 events, and comes with a total purse of US$675,000.
The competition is being held from June 28 to July 3.
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