The mixed doubles pairing of Lai Pei Jing-Chan Peng Soon has been disbanded after the Commonwealth Games. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National woman doubles shuttler Ng Hui Lin has been entrusted with a new role – to act as Chan Peng Soon’s temporary partner in the mixed doubles starting at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from Sept 19-Oct 4.
Hui Lin and Peng Soon have also been named for the individual competition at the Asiad.
Hui Lin is currently preparing for the World Championships in Copenhagen (Aug 25-31) in the doubles with her younger sister, Hui Ern.
Peng Soon has been without a partner since Goh Liu Ying underwent surgery to correct her injured knees. She is expected to get back on court by end of this year.
Peng Soon tried to strike a partnership with Lai Pei Jing but it did not hit off.
National mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan said the changes were made as he plans to form two solid pairs for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“This is all part of my planning for the Olympics. I am looking at two pairs now – Peng Soon with Hui Lin or Liu Ying and Tan Aik Quan-Pei Jing,” said Jeremy.
“While Liu Ying is recovering I have to carry on with my plans. Of course, Peng Soon and Liu Ying will be ideal.
“For now, I have decided to try Peng Soon-Hui Lin. The Asian Games is the right big platform to see how they fare. If they perform well, we will continue to give them more opportunities.
“We will also field Lim Khim Wah-Lim Yin Loo as the second mixed pair in the individual competition at the Asiad.
Jeremy said he did not select Pei Jing for the Games because her partnership with Peng Soon was going nowhere. At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the duo returned without any medal.
“I have dropped Pei Jing from the Asiad squad because I do not see her going far with Peng Soon. Their partnership is moderate and not good enough to challenge the top pairs there,” he admitted.
“I have decided that it is best she sticks with Aik Quan. The one good thing that came out of Pei Jing’s short stint with Peng Soon is she has now become a more confident player. It will help in her partnership with Aik Quan.”
Pei Jing-Aik Quan are the only mixed pair representing Malaysia in the World Championships next week.