Malaysian mixed doubles pair Lai Pei Jing (left) and Chan Peng Soon. - Filepic
GLASGOW: ALL eyes will be on the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing when Malaysia take on hosts Scotland in the badminton mixed team quarter-finals.
On Saturday, Malaysia whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 to complete their Group A campaign unbeaten and make the top eight.
The other teams to make the quarter-finals by virtue of topping their groups are India (Group B), Scotland (Group C), Canada (Group D), Singapore (Group E) and England (Group F).
Sri Lanka (Group A) and Australia (Group D) join them in the last eight based on countback after winning the most points.
In the draw conducted on Saturday, Malaysia meet Scotland, Singapore face Australia; Canada take on India; and Sri Lanka play England.
Malaysia should overcome Scotland but the mixed doubles match between Peng Soon-Pei Jing and world No. 13 Robert Blair-Imogen Bankier should be a show-stealer.
National mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan said that the match-up promises to be a huge test for Peng Soon-Pei Jing, who have yet to win any major titles since being paired together.
Peng Soon is playing with Pei Jing following his former partner Goh Liu Ying’s decision to undergo surgeries on both her knees.
“They will be up against a higher ranked pair and a win will be a good boost to their morale … and put the team in high spirits going into the semi-finals,” said Jeremy.
Barring any upsets, the semi-final line-up should read Malaysia versus Singapore and second seeds England versus India.