Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin lost to Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto for the second consecutive time as they crashed out of the 2022 Malaysia Masters opening round on Tuesday.

The Malaysians were once again no match against the Indonesians, losing 14-21, 20-22 in 37 minutes, having also lost in straight games against the same opponents at the Malaysia Open semi-finals last week.

As expected, they were crestfallen after the defeat and struggled to answer questions posed by reporters on the loss.

“Let’s just move to the next question,” they said when asked of similarities in the manner of defeat.

National doubles chief Rexy Mainaky had sounded the men’s pairs to review and analyse their matches, but Izzuddin said it was too short a time period from their last defeat on Saturday to make any significant changes.

The defeat meant Goh-Izzuddin now lost seven in eight meetings against their bogey opponents.

It was not all doom and gloom as many Malaysians made it to the main draw via the qualifiers.

In the men’s singles, Soong Joo Ven, Ng Tze Yong and Leong Jun Hao all made it through after winning their qualifying matches.

Leong was the most impressive of the trio, as he overcame Korea Open champion Weng Hong Yang in the second qualifier to book a main draw spot.

Ng had an easier time against Lee Dong Keun in straight games, while Soong needed three to overcome Denmark’s Victor Svendsen.

The likes of Anna Ching-Teoh Mei Xing, Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun and Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen also comfortably won their first round matches at the Axiata Arena.