Improving Peng Soon-Liu Ying eye good show in Vietnam

KUALA LUMPUR: Buoyed by a big leap in the world rankings, mixed doubles shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are eyeing a good showing in the Vietnam Open Grand Prix.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying have moved up nine rungs to No. 19 in the world, thanks to a third-round finish in the recent World Championships in Jakarta.

They can make it to the top 15 if they reach the final of the Grand Prix tournament.

Liu Ying-Peng Soon began the year ranked 268th, following a long break from competition last year.

The Malaysians will face Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini of Indonesia in the first round on Wednesday. If they win, they’ll likely face second seeds Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto, also of Indonesia, next.

“We’re delighted to break into the top 20 in just seven months. We have a chance to make the top 15 ... but it will be tough,” said Liu Ying.

“Our opening round in Vietnam is tricky. Irfan-Weni have already won a title (the 2015 Li Ning International Series), so we cannot underestimate them.

“It will be even tougher against world No. 10 Jordan-Debby.”

The other Malaysian mixed doubles pair in the tournament are Tan Chee Tean-Shevon Lai Jemie, whose first match will be against qualifiers Bodin Isara-Savitree Amitrapai of Thailand.


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