KUALA LUMPUR: It wasn't the best of starts for some of the national shuttlers as they crashed out in the opening round of the German Open in Mulheim.
On Wednesday, 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying failed to live up to their billing when they lost 21-19, 21-18 to Indonesian qualifiers Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti.
A day earlier, fourth seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing failed to get past the first round, when they went down 21-17, 21-13 to Denmark's Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen.
Malaysia's sole representative in the mixed doubles, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie chalked up a 15-21, 21-17, 21-17 win over Irish siblings Sam-Chloe Magee on Tuesday, and will face Taiwan's Lee Yang-Hsu Ya Ching tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals.
In the women's singles, national champion Soniia Cheah, who was recently named ahead of former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, also fell short in her bid to make an impact in Europe when she lost 21-11, 21-13 to fourth seed Chen Yufei of China.
"I couldn't get into the game. I am disappointed but at the same time looking forward to bounce back. Hopefully I get my game back," lamented Soniia.
Jin Wei, meanwhile, was involved in a late first round match against seventh seed Sayaka Sato of Japan.
In the men's doubles, national No 2 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi failed to come good, losing 17-21, 21-15, 22-20 to fourth seeds Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang of Taiwan.
Former World No 1 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were the other Malaysians involved in a late first round tie against Japan's Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe.