Liu Ying hopes to bounce from back injury after defeat

Determined: Chan Peng Soon (right) and Goh Liu Ying will be hoping to make amends at the Toyota Thailand Open next week.

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying is hoping to recover quickly from a pulled back muscle.

Yesterday, Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon went down fighting 18-21,17-21 to top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the quarter-finals of the Yonex Thailand Open at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

It was only their second defeat in six matches against the Thais.

Liu Ying suffered the pull in the second game but kept her cool to play on.

Despite the defeat, Peng Soon gave her partner a pat on the shoulder for her fighting spirit.

“We kept to their pace and did not allow them to take huge leads but we made some simple mistakes, ” said Peng Soon.

“We’ve not played for some time and it was satisfying to give our opponents a good fight.

“We were fit and our game was okay.

“The shuttle is slow and players like Liu Ying and I found it hard to cope. Even though Liu Ying had difficulties in the second game when she pulled her back, we still kept fighting.”

Liu Ying hoped to get back on her feet next week at the Toyota Thailand Open.

“It’s unfortunate that I got a slight injury. I tried to push despite my lower back pain but it was tough, ” she said.

“I hope to recover quickly and be ready for next week, ” added Liu Ying.

Dechapol-Sapsiree take on fourth seeds Seo seung-jae-Chae Yujung of South Korea in the semi-finals today.

The other semi-finals will be between Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France and Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva of Indonesia.

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