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Tuesday January 22, 2013
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: National mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan believes that Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying’s lack of mental strength is the cause of their downfall in the Malaysian Open championships on Sunday.
The pair, the top seeds for the tournament, had the best chance to win their first home title in the absence of established pairs from China – Xu Chen-Ma Jin and Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei – as well as Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Natsir.
The Malaysians were far from impressive throughout the tournament, often getting stretched to three games by lesser opponents. And their weakness was exposed in the final as second seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark easily strolled to a 21-13, 21-18 win.
“Peng Soon-Liu Ying are tactical players. They always analyse the game and their opponents but sometimes they think too much and it gets to them,” said Jeremy.
“This was evident in the final as they were too tensed up and couldn’t play their normal game. Only towards the end did they managed to open up but it was too late then.
“Still it’s not a bad result considering the fact that they’ve made the final here for the first time. For now, I’m giving Liu Ying some time to rest her knee as well as five days off for the Chinese New Year break.
“The main target this year is the All England (March 5-10), the Sudirman Cup (May 19-26) and the World Championships in Guangzhou (Aug 4-11),” said Jeremy.
Except for last year’s All England where they reached the last four, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have never done well in major tournaments.
They were a letdown in the Surdiman Cup two years ago and were flops in round-robin matches at last year’s London Olympics and the Super Series Final.
In the World Championship two years ago, Peng Soon-Liu Ying crashed out in the second round to Singapore’s Chayut Triyachart-Yao Lei.
For now, Jeremy plans to pay more attention to Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing.
“Both pairs have got the potential but unfortunately I haven’t had too many opportunities to see them in action because they usually compete in GP Gold tournaments,” said Jeremy.
“But I will definitely give them more attention this year and will push for them to compete in tournaments together with Peng Soon-Liu Ying.
“The target is to get all three pairs ranked in the top 24 so that we can send all of them for the World Championships,” added Jeremy.
A country can send three pairs if all three are ranked in the top 24.
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