Peng Soon-Liu Ying ready to face ‘awkward’ moment


In fine fettle: Chan Peng Soon (right) and Goh Liu Ying ousted Indonesian pair Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open.

ODENSE: Mixed doubles stars Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will be going into unchartered waters when they face Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino in the second round of the Danisa Denmark Open.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists will be up against their favourite coach Jeremy Gan (pic) on the opposite side for the first time at the Odense Sports Centre today.

Jeremy left to coach Japan’s mixed doubles department last year and his presence brought immediate result when Watanabe-Higashino lifted the All-England title in March.

Jeremy was Malaysia’s first mixed doubles coach and it was under him that Peng Soon-Liu Ying blossomed.

Peng Soon said it would be an awkward moment.

“This is the first time that our former coach Jeremy will be against us,” said Peng Soon. “It’ll be weird to see him coaching our opponents.

“He was instrumental in the rise of the mixed doubles department in Malaysia.

“He moved on to the men’s doubles later but Liu Ying and I will never forget all his contributions.

“He was one of the best coaches ... we were able to talk to him about anything. He knows how to motivate us.”

Liu Ying, who was coached even earlier by Jeremy during her junior days, said they will have to be professional about it.

“I knew Jeremy since my junior days and I bet he knows all my strengths and weaknesses as well,” said the 29-year-old.

“His presence is an added advantage for Japan. He knows our style just too well but Peng Soon and I will not make it easy.”

Rising stars: Malaysian coach Jeremy Gan guided Arisa Higashino (left) and Yuta Watanabe to win the All-England title in March. — AP
Rising stars: Malaysian coach Jeremy Gan guided Arisa Higashino (left) and Yuta Watanabe to win the All-England title in March. —AP

Prior to Jeremy’s presence in Japan, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have beaten Watanabe-Higashino twice at the 2015 Russian Open and the 2017 All-England.

Said Liu Ying: “It’ll be a close match. Malaysian badminton is down at the moment and we’ll try to bring some good results.”

Peng Soon-Liu Ying are the top-ranked Malaysia pair at world No. 7.

The others are Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (ninth) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (19th).

Soon Huat-Shevon face Lu Kai-Chen Lu of China in the second round today while Kian Meng-Pei Jing withdrew from the tournament as Pei Jing’s father passed away on Monday.

 

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Men’s singles: Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 17-21, 21-18, 21-13; K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-16, 21-10; Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Anthony Ginting (Ina) 21-18, 21-23, 21-15; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-13, 14-21, 21-7; Khosit Phetpradab (Tha) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 21-15, 21-14; Sameer Verma (Ind) bt Shi Yuqi (Chn) 21-17, 21-18; Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) bt Liew Daren (Mas) 21-15, 12-21, 22-20.

Men’s doubles: Kasper Antonsen-Niclas Nohr (Den) bt Jones Ralfy Jansen-Josche Zurwonne (Ger) 21-23, 23-21, 21-12; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Attri Manu-Reddy B. Sumeeth (Ind) 25-23, 18-21, 21-16; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira-Ade Yusuf Santoso (Ina) 21-11, 21-7; Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) bt Chung Eui-seok-Kim Dukyoung (Kor) 14-21, 21-17, 22-20; Liao Min-chun-Su Ching-heng (Tpe) bt Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) 17-21, 22- 20, 21-13; Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) bt Kacco Arends-Ruben Jille (Tha) 21-17, 21-19; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) 21-19, 11-21, 21-16; Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Emil Seidel (Ger) bt Kang Min-hyuk-Kim Won-ho (Kor) 21-19, 29-27; Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Lee Jhehuei-Lee-yang (Tpe) 21-18, 19-21, 21-13.

Matches involving Malaysians in other events

Women’s doubles: Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 21-13, 21-11.

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