Badminton

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pei Jing hopes to be fourth time lucky with new partner

KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing has played in three World Championships with Tan Aik Quan – and they all ended dismally.

The pair crashed out in the first round in Guangzhou 2013 and the second round in Copenhagen 2014 and Jakarta 2015.

Pei Jing and Aik Quan parted ways in September 2015.

Pei Jin has since forged a formidable partnership with Tan Kian Meng.

They have won five Grand Prix Gold titles and are now the country’s top pair at world No. 10.

And the duo now hope to take their partnership to greater heights at the world meet in Glasgow, Scotland, from Aug 21-27.

The eighth-seeded Kian Meng-Pei Jing have received a first-round bye and are expected to meet either Ronan Labar-Audrey Fontaine of France or Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini of Indonesia in the second round.

“We’re feeling positive ahead of our Glasgow trip in two weeks’ time,” said Pei Jing after the inaugural Badminton Association of Malay-sia (BAM) monthly assembly at the Malaysia Badminton Academy yesterday.

“We barely made the top eight seeding and got exempted from the first round. The draw has also been favourable as we have beaten both our potential second-round opponents.

“Hopefully, we can go far in the world meet. I have not done well in my three previous appearances. I really want to make up for that.

“As for Kian Meng, it will be his first World Championships and I can see that he’s raring to go.”

Should they make the third round, Pei Jing-Kian Meng are expected to meet China Masters champion Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping.

Pei Jing, however, admitted to feeling the pressure of having to live up to high expectations.

“While we are in our best physical conditions, I think we have to learn to cope with pressure during the tournament,” said Pei Jing.

Tags / Keywords: Tan Kian Meng , Lai Pei Jing , Badminton

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