England's mixed doubles pair Gabrielle Adcock and Chris Adcock. - EPA
COPENHAGEN: Revenge was not meant to be for mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing at the World Championships.
On Tuesday, the unseeded Pei Jing-Tan Aik Quan got off to a great start but poor finish saw them losing 16-21, 9-21 in 33 minutes to reigning Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England.
Pei Jing had lost to the husband and wife partnership during Games with Chan Peng Soon at the semi-final stage and was bent on turning the table.
She did well to spark a great promise for an upset together with Aik Quan, as they combined superbly to race to a 8-1 lead in the opening game.
But once the Adcocks turned the tempo of the game and constantly piled the pressure on Aik Quan at the baseline, the duo just crumbled.
The second game was a total disaster. Their games were strewn with errors and they could not handle the barrage of attacks from their opponents too.
The 22-year-old Pei Jing admitted they were at a lost after the English pair switched their game plan after trailing 1-8.
“Aik Quan and I started well but we could not keep it going. When the English pair turned the pace of the game, we got stuck and our game fell apart,” said Pei Jing.
“I wanted badly to beat them but they played intelligently. I guess, we lost because we were not as experienced as them to switch our game plan when we knew we were in danger of losing control.”
Pei Jing added: “We need to step up in our game. It is time to add more variety in the way we approach our matches. We will now get ready for the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold next month.”
National coach Jeremy Gan said that the duo’s next major event was next year’s World Championships in Jakarta.
“Aik Quan is just getting back with Pei Jing and I believe they need a little more time to fine tune some aspect of their game. They must do better than this at the next world championships,” added Jeremy.