ODENSE (Denmark): Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying suffered an unexpected first round exit at the Denmark Open on Tuesday.
The Olympic silver medallists were trailing 17-21, 5-4 when Peng Soon twisted his ankle and hobbled off the court after 24 minutes of play against China's Bao Yi Xin-Li Jun Hui at the Odense Sports Park.
Unable to continue, the world No. 5 pair who reached the semi-finals at the Japan and Korean Opens last month, conceded a walkover to the Chinese pair.
Peng Soon said he felt a sharp pain on his ankle during the warm-up session but decided to continue with the match.
"I thought I could manage it but I couldn't. I felt a snap on my left ankle. I sought medical help but even after that I could not go on," he said.
Liu Ying was surprised with Peng Soon's injury.
"He didn't tell me about his pain. He didn't want me to be worried," she said.
"But I could see that he slowed down in the opening game and we had to play a more defensive game. Hopefully he will get better for the French Open next week.
"The first round defeat pours cold water on our good run so far. We are ranked fourth in the Superseries standings and it may drop after this. We will bounce back."
Besides the French Open, the pair will also compete in the China (Nov 15-20) and Hong Kong (Nov 22-27) Opens in bid to remain in the race for the BWF World Superseries Finals in Dubai in December.
Only the top eight in the Superseries standings after the 12th leg (Hong Kong) qualify for the Finals.
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