PETALING JAYA: M. Thinaah-Pearly Tan now believe the sky is the limit after getting off to a solid start at the Yonex Thailand Open.
The world No. 39 cleared their opening hurdle without any problems triumphing 21-19,21-17 against home pair Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard.
And they are now confident that a first quarter-final appearance on the World Tour is highly possible.
Thinaah-Pearly have every reason to be upbeat as they will not be crossing paths with Japan’s world No. 2 Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara, who were forced to withdraw after their singles ace Kento Momota tested positive for Covid-19.
The pair will instead take on Denmark’s world No. 36 Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen where they have a realistic chance of coming out victorious.
“As always, we will take one match at a time and focus on dishing out our best, ” said Thinaah.
“We’re here with a target and we would like to accomplish it. We came to Bangkok with the belief that we can achieve something special.
“We’ve cleared our first hurdle and that gave us a lot of confidence and now we are aiming to go as far as possible.”
Thinaah, however, is treading with caution in today’s last 16 clash.
“This would be my first time meeting them although Pearly has played against one of them in the mixed doubles.
“We will watch some of their games and then work out a strategy. But what’s more important is to put up a much improved performance than today (yesterday).”
In other matches, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean had no problems defeating Indonesia’s Vimala Heriau-Margot Lamber 21-15,21-18 while Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen brushed aside Russia’s Anastasiia Akchurina-Olga Morozoca 21-10,21-11.