PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying stopped short of making their eighth semi-final of the year at the Denmark Open – but they are not disheartened.
On Friday, Peng Soon-Liu Ying were beaten 18-21,18-21 by world No. 5 Seo Seung-jae-Chae Yu-jung of South Korea, who had also beaten them at the same stage in last year’s edition.
But Peng Soon believes they have every reason to be pleased with the result as he was not playing anywhere near his optimal condition – no thanks to the food poisoning that affected him last Friday.
“I was down with food poisoning last Friday, so I wasn’t in my best physical condition, ” said Peng Soon.
“I tried the best I could, and with the support I got from Liu Ying and coach (Chew) Choon Eng, we still managed two wins and made the quarter-finals.
“I’m not too distraught, considering the circumstances.”
Peng Soon said he was glad to recover swiftly just in time before their flight to Odense on Saturday.
“For quick recovery, I sought treatment at a hospital and was put on drips. But of course, my body was weakened by two days of diarrhoea and vomiting, and that affected my fitness level as well, ” he explained.
“But we didn’t withdraw. There’s no way we’re going to skip such an important tournament with a lot of ranking points at stake.”
Peng Soon will be hoping to regain his full fitness before the French Open gets under way on Tuesday.
They face former national teammates Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in the first round.
“I’m feeling much better now. With a couple days of rest, I should be ready for France, ” he said.
Women’s singles: Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Carolina Marin (Spa) 18-21,21-12,21-16 ; Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Chen Yufei (Chn) 21-14,14-11, rtd.
Mixed doubles: Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt Wang Chi-lin-Cheng Chi-ya (Tpe) 21-12,21-12; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Seo Seung-jae-Chae Yu-jung (Kor) 21-15,15-21,21-11.
Men’s singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Anders Antonsen (Den) 24-22,21-12; Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 21-14,21-23,21-13; Chen Long (Chn) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 21-17,21-17; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Sitthikorn Thammasin (Tha) 21-17,21-19.
Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) 21-15,21-19; Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 21-16,21-14; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) 21-15,21-14; Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) bt Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) 17-21,21-14,21-14.
Women’s singles: Carolina Marin (Spa) bt An Se-young (Kor) 18-21,21-19,21-18; Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Aya Ohori (Jpn) 21-16,21-12; Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Zhang Beiwen (US) 21-17,21-8; Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-9,21-7.
Women’s doubles: Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) 21-18,18-21,21-18; Baek Ha-na-Jung Kyung-eun (Kor) bt Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-13,21-16; Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin (Kor) 21-16,21-11; Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) bt Lee So-hee-Shin Sheung-chan (Kor) 18-21,21-13,22-20.
Mixed doubles: Seo Seung-jae-Chae Yu-jung (Kor) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-18,21-18; Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) 18-21,21-16,22-20; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt He Jiting-Du Yue (Chn) 21-13,21-13; Wang Chi-lin-Cheng Chi-ya (Tpe) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-11,16-21,21-18.