A timely booster


One for the album: (From left) Goh Liu Ying, coach Chin Ee Hui, National Sports Institute official Nur Zubillah Azis and Chan Peng Soon posing for a photo after the prize giving ceremony at the US Open in California on Sunday.

PETALING JAYA: A minor triumph that comes with a major boost.

That’s how important winning the US Open is for national mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.

On Sunday, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists overcame Ger­many’s Marvin Emil Seidel-Linda Efler 21-19, 21-15 in a lopsided 38-minute final at the California State University in Fullerton.

It was Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s 11th title together and second victory this season after winning the Thai­land Masters in January.

With the victory, the duo became the first Malaysians to win the mixed doubles event in the US Open.

Buoyed by the victory, the duo are now primed to face stronger opponents at the Malaysian Open from June 25-July 1 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

“It may not be a major title, but winning a tournament always gives us extra motivation. We’re more confident as we face several big tournaments, including the Malay­sian Open,” said Peng Soon, who will also compete in the Asian Games in Indonesia from Aug 18-Sept 2.

“We weren’t stretched to the limit in winning this week and that’s definitely a good sign. It has been a great tournament for us ahead of the home tourney.

At the Malaysian Open, unseeded Peng Soon-Liu Ying will face Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin of Taiwan in the first round. Victory will see them facing the winners of the match between Malaysians Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Dechapol Puavara­nukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.

The others in their half are second seeds Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China, third seeds Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet and sixth seeds Mathias Christiansen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark.

Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing are in the top half of the draw with top seeds Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia, China’s fourth seeds Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong, fifth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui, eighth seeds He Jiting-Du Yue and reigning Commonwealth Games champions Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England.

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