KUALA LUMPUR: There was no home swansong for women doubles shuttler Lim Yin Loo.
But the 29-year-old has no regrets about deciding to hang up her racquet after the Perodua Malaysian Masters.
World No. 26 Yin Loo and her younger partner Yap Cheng Wen found China’s Tang Jinhua-Yu Xiaohan too hot to handle when they bowed out 14-21, 18-21 in the second round.
It’s Yin Loo’s last competition after having served the nation for 12 years.
“I’ve no regrets. I’ve been in the national team for 12 years,” said Yin Loo, who joined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in 2006.
“I’m turning 30 soon and it’s time to move on. I want to rest now before I make plans on my future.”
Yin Loo, who won the Scottish Open and Indonesian International Challenge with Cheng Wen in 2016 – did not rule out the possibility of taking up coaching.
“There are two highlights in my career. The first was partnering (Goh) Liu Ying where we managed to reach No. 19 in the rankings,” she said.
“The other is being a mentor to Cheng Wen. I learnt a lot being her partner and I’m really happy to see her progress.
“I would not have considered becoming a coach before this. But now, it’s an option for me.”
National No. 1 Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei also bowed out of the competition after losing 14-21, 18-21 in 39 minutes to China’s Huang Dongping-Li Wenmei in the second round.
In the mixed doubles, Rio Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, world No. 10 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and world No. 13 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie won their respective second-round matches.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying defeated sixth seeds Mathias Christiansen-Christinna Pedersen 21-18, 13-21, 21-18 to set up a meeting with second seeds Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing powered past Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Puttita Supajirakul 21-16, 21-17 while Soon Huat-Shevon whipped Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin 21-16, 21-8.
“We’re happy to make the quarter-finals. Our game was much better compared to the first round,” said Pei Jing.
Said Soon Huat: “We were prepared well to face the Taiwanese pair. We analysed their game on video and we made adjustments on court. It also helped that our opponents made a lot of mistakes.”
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