Sudirman Cup snub nothing to do with our loss, says Peng Soon

KUALA LUMPUR: Independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were determined to bring forward their A game at the Badminton Asian Championships in China after a snub from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

But poor finishing saw world No. 5 Peng Soon-Liu Ying going down fighting 21-23, 21-14, 15-21 to He Jiting-Du Yue of China in the second round of the Asian premier meet in Wuhan yesterday.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying have been all fired up to prove themselves after they were excluded by the BAM on Wednesday from the squad for the Sudirman Cup in China next month.

Peng Soon said they would work harder to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The one-year Olympic qualifying period begins in May.

“Our opponents had a better tactical plan today. They did well to pressure us and we made a couple of costly mistakes,” said Peng Soon.

“BAM’s decision not to choose us for the Sudirman Cup did not affect us in our match today. We did not finish off our opponents in the second game.

“We had expected that BAM would not select the independent players for the Sudirman Cup as they would prefer to give their players the chance to qualify for the Olympics.

“We take this decision positively and will go all out to qualify for the Olympics on our own by merit.”

Said Liu Ying: “We truly wasted out chance today. We should have won the match in straight games. We’ll focus on the next tournament.”

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medal winners Peng Soon-Liu Ying will now shift their attention to the New Zealand Open from May 30-June 5 in Auckland.

Like Peng Soon-Liu Ying, all other Malaysian representatives also fell in the wayside yesterday with the defeats of Chong Wei Feng (men’s singles), Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub (men’s doubles), Soniia Cheah (women’s singles), Anna Cheong Ching Yik-Lim Chiew Sien, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles).

Malaysia’s only survivors are Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who received a second round bye following the walkovers by Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia. The All-England runners-up take on Kang Min-hyuk-Kim Won-ho of South Korea today for a place in the semi-finals.