Delightful Dutch start for the two Tans

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong are just thrilled to start their new partnership on a positive note.

On Thursday, Kian Meng-Wee Kiong, who are playing in their first tournament together, got off to a good start by winning their men’s doubles opening round in the Dutch Open in Almere.

The pair, seeded sixth in the lower-ranked tournament, defeated India’s H. Vasantha Kumar-Ashith Surya 21-15, 21-11. They take on Germany’s Freek Golinski-Jona van Nieuwkerke next for a place in the quarter-finals.

The top two seeded pairs had contrasting fortunes.

Top seeds Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall of Scotland defeated Malaysia’s Yap Roy King-Chang Yee Jun 22-20, 17-21, 21-14 in the opening game while second seeds Joshua Magee-Paul Reynolds of Ireland went down 21-18, 19-21, 13-21 to Noah Haase-Alex Vlaar, the Holland and Bulgaria combination.

Kian Meng was happy with the good start.

“We combined well and everything worked fine for us in this first match but we hope to maintain this form,” said Kian Meng.

“We just need more chances to play together to get better.”

Fortunately for them, they will get to play in the France Open (Oct 26-31) and German Open (Nov 2-7) as some players had withdrawn. They however, are still the third reserves for next week’s Denmark Open in Odense.

Kian Meng, who plays mixed doubles with Lai Pei Jing, decided to give men’s doubles a shot too after Wee Kiong was left without a partner following a decision to part way with Goh V Shem.

Wee Kiong-V Shem were the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists.

Meanwhile, two other men’s pairs through to the second round are Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman-Jimmy Wong and Ng Jun Yan-Wong Tien Ci.

Nurfirdaus-Jimmy defeated Joan Monroy-Carlos Piris of Spain 21-12, 17-21, 21-15 to set up a meeting against seventh seeds Rory Easton-Zach Russ while Jun Tan-Tien Ci face Singapore’s Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean next.