Shevon Lai admitted it broke her heart to see Goh Soon Huat barely able to stand in their stunning victory over top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerratanachai at the Indonesia Open on Tuesday.

Goh, who had not recovered from a food poisoning bout suffered at the Indonesia Masters last week, collapsed to the ground several times from exhaustion after a rally had ended towards the end of the match.

Lai, who did a splendid job covering for her on-court partner and love interest to secure the 21-18, 7-21, 22-20 win, said seeing Goh in such a state took a toll on her emotionally too.

“Actually it broke my heart because I knew how much it was hurting him. He was shivering throughout the third game. I felt so much pain and wanted to help him so much, but in doubles it takes two to win.

“I was really worried for him, but he kept telling me ‘that it’s okay I want to continue and finish the match’. So I told him ‘I will just support you all the way, and you do what you can. I will push over my abilities to cover you and we will finish this match together,” she told the Badminton World Federation.

Lai later confirmed Goh felt much better ahead of their second round match against fellow Malaysians Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei on Thursday.

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Several other Malaysians also confirmed their passage through to the second round on Wednesday.

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who were also affected by the food poisoning last week, beat South Korea’s Kim Gi-jung-Kim Sa-rang 21-18, 11-21, 21-11 for a duel against Dutch pair Ruben Jille-Ties Van Der Lerq next.

Chen Tang Jie-Valeree Siow took down Choong Hon Jian-Peck Yen Wei 21-17, 21-14 and next face fifth seeds Praveen Jordan-Melati Oktavianti, while Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See overcame their English opponents in straight games too.

The scratch pair have a meeting against China’s Wang Yi Lyu-Huang Dong Ping next.

In the women’s doubles, Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah beat Anna Ching-Teoh Mei Xing 21-12, 21-16 to continue their good run from last week.

Liew Daren and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin meanwhile lost in straight games, ending their participation in Indonesia.