Mixed doubles pair falter at Australian Open semis

PETALING JAYA: It was the end of the road for mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying at the Australian Open in Sydney.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying fell 15-21, 12-21 to China’s world No. 10 Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong in the semi-finals at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday.

The Malaysians were hoping to make their second Superseries final of the year, having finished runners-up at the Malaysian Open in April, but unforced errors saw them losing in 41 minutes.

It was their third defeat by the Chinese pair after losing in previous meetings at the French Open and Korean Open last year.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who beat another Chinese pair Liu Yuchen-Tang Jinhua 21-15, 21-15 in the last eight on Friday, have vowed to learn from the latest setback.

“They prepared well for today’s game. They knew how to anticipate our shots. We were under pressure in both games and it was hard to return their shots. We will learn from the mistakes we made,” said Liu Ying.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying have already qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August and will play in the Taiwan Open end of this month.

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus is just one match away from becoming the first Dane to lift the Australian Open men’s singles title on Sunday.

Vittinghus defeated India’s K. Srikanth 22-20, 21-13 and will meet South Korean Jeon Hyeok-jin in the final.

India’s interest remained strong, with Saina Nehwal beating world No. 2 Wang Yihan of China 21-8, 21-12 in a women’s singles semi-final.

The Indian star will take on China’s Sun Yu, who beat her illustrious team-mate and reigning Olympic champion Li Xueurui 21-18, 21-19.