On Monday, world No. 11 Peng Soon-Liu Ying were 21-12, 21-19 winners over China’s world No. 6 Xu Chen-Ma Jin 21-12, 21-19 in the semi-finals at the Riocentro Pavilion 4. It was only the Malaysians’ third win over the London Olympics silver medallists in 10 meetings.
Frost said: “I cannot say I expected it. I can say I was hoping for it. I have been asked many times in our meetings in the BAM. What’s our chances and target and so on? I said all along (Lee) Chong Wei will win. He’s the best.
“After that, I said the mixed doubles. They have shown they can do it here. I said the mixed doubles was our second best chance.”
Frost, however, said he was surprised by the men’s doubles pair – Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong – reaching the semi-finals after beating Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 in a thrilling 86-minute clash on Monday.
“I’ve been immensely surprised by their performance here. I know they have the ability. But they have not been able to string three matches together in a tournament. It has always been one here and one there, but never in a same tournament.
“So, that has been a positive surprise, It’s nice to see,” said Frost.
Frost, however, warned his charges not to take their foot of the pedal after coming so far in the Olympics.
“It has been a fantastic day. I’m speechless. However, I must say there are still matches to play. We have to be cool and calm. We have a chance and we have to make the best of it.”
Peng Soon-Liu Ying will meet Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in today’s final. The Indonesians upset defending champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 21-16, 21-15 in the other semi-final.
On Liu Ying-Peng Soon’s chances in the final, Frost said: “The Indonesians are a difficult pair for us to play. They are the favourites. I’m not saying it’s impossible. It’s that they have a much higher level than our pair.”
Frost also revealed that he was happy that China would not be able to win all the five golds like they did at the London Olympics.
Smiling, Frost said: “It’s nice to see China cannot win five now. I think it’s good for badminton.”
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