PETALING JAYA: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have come to terms with the fact that they lost to a better pair in the mixed doubles final of the All-England.
But, what they cannot accept is the poor standard of umpiring.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying went down fighting 21-18, 19-21, 16-21 to Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong of China in a gripping 86-minute final on Sunday.
The match, however, saw the Malaysian shuttlers and the umpire being involved in several disputes.
Even fans from around the world took to social media to question the umpire’s decisions on several calls.
Liu Ying hopes that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will monitor the quality of the umpiring in major tournaments.
“Overall, Peng Soon and I played well in the All-England. It was great to reach our first final. We came close to winning, but our opponents played better. We’re disappointed with the umpiring, though,” said Liu Ying, referring to the incident where Peng Soon was flashed a yellow card.
“The umpire claimed that he did not adhere to the 20-second rule in getting back on the court after the interval.
“We didn’t hear. Peng Soon went to the umpire to explain the situation, but was given a yellow card instead. Then, one of his taps on the net was faulted ... he didn’t touch the net,” she said.
“Then, when I asked to change the shuttle, she simply took it and threw it onto the opponents’ court. We were quite disturbed ... but we did our best to put it aside and focus on the match.
“I’m not making excuses ... a defeat is a defeat. We just felt that the umpire was picking on us ... and that affected our rhythm.”
Liu Ying, however, prefers to dwell on the positives.
“We’re more motivated now. We were down after the Rio Games because Peng Soon and I suffered injuries. But we’ve now regained our touch and confidence,” said Liu Ying, who won a silver with Peng Soon at the Olympics.
They will now shift their focus to other tournaments – the Indian Open (March 28-April 2), Malaysian Open (April 4-9), Sudirman Cup in Australia (May 21-28) and the World Championships in Scotland (Aug 21-17).
Liu Ying, coming back from a knee injury, said of her condition: “The pain comes and goes ... but I’m not too worried about it. I can still play and that’s great for me.”