Seventh low, not Seventh Heaven for Chan and Goh

  • Badminton
  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2020

Outplayed: Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying went down tamely to China’s Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping in the mixed doubles semi-finals yesterday.

CHAN Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are out of the Malaysian Masters after they were served with their seventh blow by world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping.

The world No. 6 were tamed 10-21,13-21 in the semi-finals by the second seeds in just 33 minutes – extending their losing streak to the Chinese pair to 18 months and seventh defeats.

The Malaysians have only won twice in their nine meetings with their last win at the Indonesian Open quarter-finals in July, 2018.

Anyone else would have been frustrated for the lack of winning formula against the world No. 2 but not Peng Soon.

Peng Soon said Yilyu-Dongping were not invincible and they still had time to get their acts right before the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.

“The Chinese players are beatable. Their current domination does not mean anything, ” said Peng Soon.

“They may be at the top of their performance now, but what matters most is whether they can peak at the Olympics.

At the Rio Olympics four years ago, Peng Soon-Liu Ying won a surprise silver medal despite not being one of the four seeded pairs. Liu Ying believes there’s still time for them to seek the answers against their nemesis.

“They are able to read our moves all the time. They have analysed our game with the help of their support service team and coaches, ” said Liu Ying.

“We’re not worried just yet. We can still work on the shortcomings and improve as the season progress.”

Yilyu-Dongping will take on another hot favourites for the Tokyo gold when they face off against their teammates and world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong in today’s final.

Top seeds and reigning world champions Siwei-Yaqiong claimed a convincing victory by thrashing Indonesia’s Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-13,21-12 in 28 minutes in another semi-final match yesterday.

China have also assured themselves a title in the women’s doubles after Li Wenmei-Zheng Yu and Du Yue-Li Yinhui won their respective semi-finals.

Wenmei-Zheng Yu defeated Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia 21-19,18-21,21-19 while Du Yue-Yinhui downed Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida of Japan 21-14,19-21,21-11.

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