KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying’s Olympic dream has taken a huge blow.
The world No. 7 have made life difficult for themselves after crashing out 16-21,11-21 to Indonesia’s Rinoy Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari in the first round of the All-England at the Arena Birmingham on Wednesday.
It was their first defeat to the former world junior champions.
“We were not in good condition. It’s been a long time since we played in a tournament and we were a bit lost in the match, ” said Liu Ying.
“We were demoralised when we lost the first game and could not turn the game around. It’s disappointing.”
Liu Ying-Peng Soon’s last tournament was the Indonesian Masters in January.
The independent players were not selected for the Asia Team Championships in Manila in February and they could not play in the German Open last week as the meet was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
And to make matters worse, their participation in the Indian Open from March 24-29 and the Malaysian Open from March 31-April 5 is in doubt.
Liu Ying admitted that they are troubled by the uncertainties.
“We’ve to perform better than the All-England in the upcoming tournaments to improve on our chances of qualifying for the Olympics but the problem is that we may not get to compete, ” added Liu Ying.
“India may not allow anyone with tourist visa to enter their country. Now, we hear that our government are also clamping down on local and international tournaments. We don’t even know whether there will be a Malaysian Open. And not to mention the 14-day quarantine, we may not get to enter some of the countries. This is really complicating our Olympic chances.”
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing did better than Peng Soon-Liu Ying to reach the second round after defeating Joshua Hurlburt-Yu-Josephine Wu of Canada 21-16,21-16 but that was as far as they went. They eventually went down fighting 19-21,21-18,10-21 to Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia.
In men’s doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin cleared their opening round hurdles. They will take on Taiwan’s Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han and Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin respectively for a place in the quarter-finals.
It was also a good day for Malaysia in the women’s doubles when Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen made it to the second round.
Both pairs however, have tough opponents in their way as they face Du Yue-Li Yinhui of China and Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin of South Korea.
In the men’s singles, Lee Zii Jia kept his fine form going when he reached the quarter-finals after blowing away Lu Guangzu of China 21-10,21-16 in the second round. He will meet the winner of the match between Lin Dan and Chen Long of China.
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