Malaysian mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon (right) and Goh Liu Ying in action in the third round of the World Championships in Jakarta on Thursday. - REUTERS
JAKARTA: There is a huge gap in standard between Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and the world’s top five mixed doubles pairs.
It was exposed in the third round of the World Championships at the Istora Senayan on Thursday with the Malaysians going down tamely 8-21, 13-21 to Indonesian third seeds Ahmad-Tantowi-Lilyana Natsir.
It was their fifth loss in six matches to the Indonesians. The Malaysians’ only success was in the semi-finals of the 2012 China Open.
“Peng Soon and I have struggled to beat the top five pairs in the world since I came back from two knee surgeries last year. There have been some improvements but we are still unable to match their pace,” said Liu Ying.
Liu Ying only returned to partner Peng Soon in March this year after being out for eight months to recuperate from the operations. They have done well in minor tournaments, winning the Polish and Russian Opens. But at the major tournaments, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have yet to make an impact.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying were once ranked No. 3 in the world, but now they are only ranked 29th.
Said Liu Ying: “I still find it hard to dash from one corner to another on court ... there is still much to work on.”
Liu Ying said she was grateful that Peng Soon had stood by her all this while.
“It’ll be difficult to go on without a supportive partner and I am glad I have Peng Soon. Together, I am sure we will make it work.”
Peng Soon said they would work hard to find ways to narrow the gap at the top.
“We hope to qualify for the Olympic Games next year. We’ll train harder and continue to find the breakthrough,” added Peng Soon.