PETALING JAYA: It’s a double whammy for independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Not only did they lose their status as one of the world’s top five pairs, the duo also crashed out in the first round of the Korean Open in Incheon yesterday.
The mixed doubles pair, the tournament’s semi-finalists in 2016 and 2017, were outplayed 12-21,10-21 by Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphua-pet-Savitree Amitrapai in just 33 minutes at the Incheon Airport Skydome.
It was their second early exit in as many starts, having also bowed out in the second round of the China Open last week.
The defeat also came on the same day they found themselves slipping by one spot to sixth in the latest world rankings yesterday.
It’s the first time they have dropped out of the top five since Feb 12.
Malaysia’s challenge in the mixed doubles competition has been wiped out with world No. 14 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also shown the exit.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing went down fighting 21-11,19-21,13-21 to China’s Lu Kai-Chen Lu, the opponents they had previously beaten en route to the Indonesian Open semi-finals in July.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing have now made four first-round exits in their last five starts, including last week’s China Open, Japan Open in July and Thailand Open last month.
These uninspiring results could cost them their chances of featuring in the Denmark and French Opens next month.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing will now be waiting anxiously over whether they will suffer a similar fate as Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai, who paid the price after three poor results in Japan, Thailand and the World Championships in Basel last month.
Malaysia will now rest their hopes on the other departments to deliver the goods, especially in the men’s doubles with as many as six pairs in the fray this week.
Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren will fly the nation’s flag in the singles competition, with Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen featuring in the women’s doubles.
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