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Among the eight seeded pairs in the men’s double draw of Chinese Taipei Open, which kicked off with qualifications today, there are seven from the hosts and Malaysia. Only Thailand sneaks in one pair between the two countries.
With all the qualification matches being played, no less than 14 out of the 32 entries in first round of the men’s double category are local pairs from Chinese Taipei. Three of these have been through the qualification and two of them will be up against compatriots in first round of the main draw.
The top seeds are Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin who rank 7 in the world. They have drawn Koreans Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho in first round. In the other end of the draw we see other locals as second seeded, Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang. They are number 12 on the world ranking and have the pleasure of Frengky Wijaya Putra and Rian Agung Saputro from Indonesia in their first match. The Indonesian duo come from the qualification today.
Chinese Taipei and Malaysia rule
It is pretty much Chinese Taipei and Malaysia who are expected to get the most success in men’s double this week. They have seven pairs among the eight seeded in this category. The 3rd and 4th seeded are from these two countries. Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng (3) are in the same half of the draw as Lee and Lee, while Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi (4) have been placed in the top half with the top seeded Chen and Wang.
The only seeded pair, which is not from any of the two countries, is the 5th seeded Thais Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit who are drawn against Chooi Kah Ming and Low Juan Shen from Malaysia. They and other Malaysians, 6th seeded Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, are the ones to stop the top seeds from local success.
Maybe we get a copy of last year’s final
The list of seeded men’s double pairs is concluded with Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han who are seeded 7 and Mohamad Arif Ab Latif Arif/Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub Azriyn, seeded 8. Both are placed in the lower half of the draw with the second seeded Lee and Lee.
Last year Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin were seeded second at the Chinese Taipei Open but they won the final against then top seeded Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang. It will be interesting to see if the local success will be secured again this year and if the two top seeded pairs will make it into the final again.
The draw for the seeded players:
Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin, Chinese Taipei (1) vs. Min Hyuk Kang/Kim Won Ho, Korea
Frengky Wijaya Putra/Rian Agung Saputro, Indonesia vs. Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang, Chinese Taipei (2)
Chang En Chia/Chen Xin-Yuan, Chinese Taipei vs. Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng, Chinese Taipei (3)
Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi, Malaysia (4) vs. Kona Tarun/Lim Khim Wah, India/Malaysia
Bodin Isara/Maneepong Jongjit, Thailand (5) vs. Chooi Kah Ming/Low Juan Shen, Malaysia
Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, Malaysia (6) vs. Bao Minh/Duong Bao Duc, Vietnam
Mahiro Kaneko/Yunosuke Kubota, Japan vs. Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han, Chinese Taipei (7)
Lin Sheng Chieh/Wang Chih Hao, Chinese Taipei vs. Mohamad Arif Ab Latif Arif/Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub Azriyn, Malaysia (8)