Qualifiers Kian Meng-Pei Jing pulled the rug from under Malaysian No. 1 pair


(BRIEF CAPTION) Malaysia mixed double pair Lai Pei Jing (left) and Tan Kian Meng celebrates after beating their senior pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying during the semi-final round of the Malaysia Master badminton tournament at SPICE Arena in Penang .Star pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star / 22 January 2016.

GEORGE TOWN: Shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing aims to end their dream run at the Malaysian Masters with a maiden title.

The Malaysians pulled off an unexpected victory when they upstaged their seniors and eighth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-17, 21-16 to reach the mixed doubles final at the SPICE Arena in Relau.

Playing in only their fifth international tournament, Kian Meng-Pei Jing combined well to shock the Malaysian No. 1 in 47 minutes.

“It’s like a dream,” said Pei Jing. “We came through the qualifying tournament and never thought that we would come this far.”

Kian Meng-Pei Jing will take on Zheng Siwei-Li Yinhui of China in Sunday’s final.

Pei Jing added: “It feels great to upset our seniors. They were under more pressure than us.

“I reached the final once with my former partner Tan Aik Quan. Hopefully, I can go one step better with Kian Meng by winning the title.”

The 21-year-old Kian Meng thanked Morten Frost, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director, for converting him to a doubles player. Frost made Kian Meng switch from singles to doubles six months ago.

“My best result in the men’s singles was reaching the quarter-finals of the Korean Open Grand Prix. But in my short stint in the mixed doubles, I have reached my first-ever final ... this is unbelievable,” he said.

(BRIEF CAPTION) Malaysia mixed double pair Chan Peng Soon (right) and Goh Liu Ying lose to their junior pair Lai Pei Jing and Tan Kian Meng during the semi-final round of the Malaysia Master badminton tournament at SPICE Arena in Penang .Star pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star / 23 January 2016.
Liu Ying and Peng Soon will feature in the Indian Grand Prix Gold which begins in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Peng Soon, who was troubled by a stomach ailment, was disappointed for failing to live up to expectations.

“Credit to Kian Meng-Pei Jing for playing well today. We’re happy for them. Liu Ying and I now need to bounce back quickly,” said Peng Soon.

World No. 15 Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s next assignment is the Indian Grand Prix Gold, which begins in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
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