Soh Wooi Yik
苏伟译
Soh Wooi Yik.jpg
Personal information
CountryMalaysia
Born (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 24)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Years active2015–present
HandednessRight
CoachRexy Mainaky
Tan Bin Shen
Men's doubles
Highest ranking5 (with Aaron Chia 30 August 2022)
Current ranking5 (with Aaron Chia 30 August 2022)
BWF profile
Soh Wooi Yik
Traditional Chinese蘇偉譯
Simplified Chinese苏伟译

Soh Wooi Yik KMW (Chinese: 苏伟译, born 17 February 1998) is a Malaysian badminton player.[1] He was part of the Malaysian 2015 and 2016 BWF World Junior Championships team, and has helped Malaysia clinch a silver medal in mixed team after being defeated by China in 2016.[2][3][4] Soh and his partner Aaron Chia were the All England Open finalists and the Southeast Asian Games gold medalists in 2019.[5][6] The duo won the bronze medal in the men's doubles at the 2020 Summer Olympics,[7] and won the men's doubles title at the 2022 World Championships.[8]

Background

Soh was born in Kuala Lumpur. He is the son of former Malaysian badminton player Soh Goon Chup.[4] His maternal uncle Soo Beng Kiang is a former Malaysia badminton player and Olympian and had partnered with Cheah Soon Kit to help Malaysia win the 1992 Thomas Cup.[9]

Career

He began playing badminton when he was 4.[4] He was selected to play for Kuala Lumpur when he was 7. Later he received an offer to study at Bukit Jalil Sports School when he was 13.[10] In 2015, he partnered Ooi Zi Heng and won gold in the 2015 ASEAN School Games.[11]

In November 2015, Soh partnered Aaron Chia but crashed out in the fourth round of the boys' doubles event in the 2016 World Junior Championships.[12] Based on their improved performance, he was drafted to the national back-up squad at the end of 2015 where he was coached by Cheah Soon Kit.[13]

In July 2016, Soh and Ooi won the boys' doubles bronze medal at the 2016 Asian Junior Championships.[14] They were defeated by the Chinese pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong in straight games (15–21, 17–21).[14] Soh suffered injuries and was not able to improve his performance in the 2016 World Junior Championships. Despite that, he was still drafted into the national team after the event.[15]

Soh played for Petaling BC at the beginning of 2017. He partnered Chen Tang Jie and reached two finals in International Challenge/Series events.[16] In October 2017, Soh was recruited into the national team.[17]

Before the end of the 2017 season, Soh reunited with Aaron Chia and managed to qualify for the finals of the India International Challenge.[15]

In March 2018, the duo stormed into their second international finals in Vietnam International Challenge, but still, they failed to win their elusive first career title.[18]

2021: Olympic bronze

In late July, Soh partnered up with Aaron Chia at the men's doubles event at the Summer Olympics. The duo won the bronze medal by defeating Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 17–21, 21–17, 21–14 in the bronze medal playoff, winning bronze for Malaysia.[7]

2022: First world title for Malaysia

In late August, Soh partnered Aaron Chia as the 6th seeds at the 2022 World Championships. In the final, they defeated 3-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21–19, 21–14 to clinch Malaysia's first-ever gold medal in the tournament.[8]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2020 Musashino Forest Sport Plaza,
Tokyo, Japan
Malaysia Aaron Chia Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
17–21, 21–17, 21–14
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze
[7]

BWF World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium,
Tokyo, Japan
Malaysia Aaron Chia Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–19, 21–14
Gold
Gold
[8]

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2022 Muntinlupa Sports Complex,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Malaysia Aaron Chia Indonesia Pramudya Kusumawardana
Indonesia Yeremia Rambitan
21–23, 10–21
Silver
Silver
[19]

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2022 National Exhibition Centre,
Birmingham, England
Malaysia Aaron Chia Malaysia Chan Peng Soon
Malaysia Tan Kian Meng
21–19, 11–21, 21–11
Bronze
Bronze
[20]

Southeast Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2019 Muntinlupa Sports Complex,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Malaysia Aaron Chia Thailand Bodin Isara
Thailand Maneepong Jongjit
18–21, 21–15, 21–16
Gold
Gold
[21]

Asian Junior Championships

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2016 CPB Badminton Training Center,
Bangkok, Thailand
Malaysia Ooi Zi Heng China Han Chengkai
China Zhou Haodong
15–21, 17–21
Bronze
Bronze
[14]

BWF World Tour (3 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[22] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[23]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 Malaysia Aaron Chia England Marcus Ellis
England Chris Langridge
23–21, 18–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [24]
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Malaysia Aaron Chia Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–11, 14–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [5]
2020 (II) Thailand Open Super 1000 Malaysia Aaron Chia Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
Chinese Taipei Wang Chi-lin
13–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [25]

BWF International Challenge/Series (5 runners-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result Ref
2017 Malaysia International Malaysia Chen Tang Jie Malaysia Lee Jian Yi
Malaysia Lim Zhen Ting
22–24, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Waikato International Malaysia Chen Tang Jie Chinese Taipei Su Li-wei
Chinese Taipei Ye Hong-wei
16–21, 21–17, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Tata Open India International Malaysia Aaron Chia Thailand Maneepong Jongjit
Thailand Nanthakarn Yordphaisong
6–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [15]
2018 Vietnam International Malaysia Aaron Chia Thailand Maneepong Jongjit
Thailand Nanthakarn Yordphaisong
18–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [18]
2018 Malaysia International Malaysia Aaron Chia Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
17–21, 21–17, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament


Honours

References

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