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Our mixed pairing can walk tall


Focused: Cheah Yee See (centre) returns a shot as compatriot Chan Peng Soon looks on during the Korean Open mixed doubles semi-finals against China’s Wang Yilyu (bottom) and Huang Dongping in Seoul yesterday. — AFP

Focused: Cheah Yee See (centre) returns a shot as compatriot Chan Peng Soon looks on during the Korean Open mixed doubles semi-finals against China’s Wang Yilyu (bottom) and Huang Dongping in Seoul yesterday. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See’s gallant run in the Korean Open has came to an end – but the mixed doubles pair can still walk tall.

Peng Soon-Yee See went down 15-21, 9-21 to world No. 13 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China in the semi-finals of the Superseries in Seoul yesterday.

It was their first semi-final appearance in the Superseries since being paired up in June.

National mixed doubles head coach Chin Eei Hui is pleased with their overall performance, especially the rise of the 21-year-old Yee See.

Yee See, who was brought in to replace Goh Liu Ying as Peng Soon’s partner four months ago, has done justice to her selection thus far.

Liu Ying, who partnered Peng Soon to win silver at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and finish as runners-up at the 2017 All-England, is still recovering from a shoulder operation in May.

“I’m impressed although Peng Soon-See Yee lost. Yee See has stepped up to the plate since we teamed her up with Peng Soon,” said Eei Hui.

“I cannot compare her standard with Liu Ying’s. That would be unfair but she really has improved in every aspect. She still has a long way to go but we know that she is on the right track.”

Eei Hui is also satisfied with the overall progress shown by the mixed doubles department.

World No. 10 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing lost to compatriots Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie in the second round of the Korean Open.

As for Soon Huat-Shevon, it was their first quarter-final appearance in the Superseries.

“I have to admit that Kian Meng-Pei Jing didn’t play true to their form. Maybe there was added pressure playing against their teammates. This is something they have to learn to manage,” said Eei Hui.

“I have mixed feelings about Soon Huat-Shevon. They have to be more consistent. They can play either very well or very dismally. They’re not steady enough.

“Overall, the mixed doubles group is doing fine. The senior players are doing their part in guiding the juniors and I’m happy with that.”

All three pairs will now shift their attention to the Japan Open, which begins in Tokyo on Wednesday.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Men’s singles: Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 16-21, 21-18, 21-13; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) 21-13, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-18, 17-21, 21-16; Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Women’s singles: P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt He Bingjiao (Chn) 21-10, 17-21, 21-16; Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-17, 21-18.

Women’s doubles: Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 17-21, 21-18, 21-14; Huang Yaqiong-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) bt Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-19, 21-12.

Mixed doubles: Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See (Mas) 21-15, 21-9; Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) bt Marvin Emil Seidel-Linda Efler (Ger) 21-18, 21-12.

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