Mixed pair in avengers’ mood ahead of Thai-tanic clash


  • Badminton
  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

Score to settle: Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing will take on Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the third round today. The Thais beat them in the second round of last year’s world meet in China.

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing have revenge on their minds when they take on Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the third round today.

The world No. 14 pair, however, were made to work hard before disposing of English pair Ben Lane-Jessica Pugh 21-19,21-19 yesterday.

“Our opponents really stepped up their game and performed really well. We’re glad we managed to come away with the win, ” said Kian Meng.

“We made a few mistakes towards the end of the first game and that allowed them to come back but we reminded ourselves to stay calm and focused to finish them off.

“It was the same in the second game, we kept calm in the last few points and managed to play well to get the last few points.”

Kian Meng-Pei Jing have a score to settle with the Thais after losing to them in the second round of last year’s world meet in Nanjing, China.

The Thais also spoiled their plans to lift the Singapore Open title in April, losing to them in the final.

The Thais hold a 3-2 advantage and the Malaysians will be looking to even things out.

“We aim to get back at them but they are a very tough pair. Our matches have always been close so it will depend on who plays better on the day.”

Independent pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying kept their run for a medal alive when they took out Canada’s Joshua Yu-Josephine Wu 21-18,19-21,21-16 in the second round on Tuesday.

“It wasn’t that tough as the result would suggest. Our opponents played well but we were confident of winning.”

It was the end of the road for Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie who squandered two match points as they were upset by world No. 21 Takuro Hoki-Wakana Nagahara of Japan 21-19,25-27,16-21.

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