Badminton

Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 7:48:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 7:50:03 PM

Chan-Goh stay positive despite tough Finals draw

Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in a file photo. They are drawn with world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China in Group A of the Super Series Finals.

Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in a file photo. They are drawn with world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China in Group A of the Super Series Finals.

KUALA LUMPUR: After a year of inconsistency, mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are just eager to end their year on a positive note.

Despite reaching the final of the Malaysian Open in January, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have suffered a drastic dip in form, failing to go beyond the quarter-finals of all their other 11 tournaments.

That has seen them drop from a career high No. 3 in the world to No. 8.

The soft-spoken Liu Ying, however, is staying positive and just wants to regain her confidence for the new year when the Super Series Finals start on Wednesday.

“This is the Super Series ... the top eight is getting tougher and tougher each day,” said Liu Ying.

“With our form, it’ll be hard to make a strong impression but I believe setting a semi-final target is realistic.

“I don’t want to think too much ... taking it one match at a time is better. After all, we finished last in last year’s Super Series Finals.

“Still, I’m feeling great even though I still have the old injury here and there ... I’m ready to play.

“Hopefully, the strong home crowd will get behind us and spur us on. What is most important is that we regain our confidence before we start preparing for next year’s tournaments.”

Peng Soon-Liu Ying certainly have a realistic chance of making the top four despite being drawn with world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China in Group A.

The other pairs in the group are the husband-wife combination of Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England and the brother-sister pair of Markis Kido-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth of Indonesia.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will face the Adcocks on Wednesday.

Group B comprises world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia, China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin, Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen and veteran Thai duo Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam.

Tags / Keywords: badminton, Super Series, Finals, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying

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