PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have taken up new roles – as coaches for each other on the sidelines.
It was V Shem and Wee Kiong’s coaching that saw Peng Soon-Liu Ying overcome a seven-point deficit in the first game to dominate the match for a convincing 21-18, 21-10 win over Russians Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova in the second round of the mixed doubles event in the Thailand Masters in Bangkok yesterday.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying were trailing 12-5 in the first game but bounced back after some words with the men’s doubles pair V Shem-Wee Kiong.
They play Indonesian pair Alfian Eko Prasetya-Marsheilla Gischa Islami in the quarter-final today.
The Indonesians defeated Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei 23-21, 20-22, 21-12 in another closely fought second-round battle
Said Peng Soon: “It was our first time playing the Russians so our tactics were not very clear and we struggled to find our game.”
“But at the 11-point break, Wee Kiong and V Shem gave us some comments and after that, we were more confident and bounced back to control the match.
“They coached us and gave us some advice, it was helpful. We’ll do the same for them when they play. It feels really nice that we can help each other as independent players.”
On the quarter-final clash, Peng Soon said: “We haven’t played them before. As independent shuttlers, we don’t have the benefit of personal analysis of our opponents from the NSI (National Sports Institute), but we’ve studied them a bit so we’ll be ready.”
In the men’s singles, Cheam June Wei has set himself up for a dream last-eight clash against two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China.
June Wei showed great determination to come back from a game down to beat Thailand’s Pannawit Thongunam 14-21, 21-17, 21-16 while Lin Dan narrowly edged Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-19, 15-21, 22-20 for a quarter-final place.
(Malaysians unless stated)
Men’s singles: Cheam June Wei (Mas) bt Pannawit Thongunam (Tha) 14-21, 21-17, 21-16; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-19, 15-21, 22-20; Firman Abdul Kholik (Ina) bt Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha) 21-16, 22-20; Lu Guangzu (Chn) bt Koki Watanabe (Jpn) 23-21, 21-17, Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Vincent Wong (Hkg) 11-21, 21-19, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova (Rus) 21- 18, 21-10; Alfian Eko Prasetya-Marsheilla Gischa Islami (Ina) bt Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei (Mas) 23-21, 20-22, 21-12.