PETALING JAYA: Quarter-final finishes in back-to-back Thailand Opens were not enough to take national No. 1 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying into the World Tour Finals but they are fine with it.
Liu Ying knew they had blown a good chance based on their performance over the last two weeks but she has promised to focus on improving her condition.
The world No. 7 lost to eventual champions and local favourites Dechapol Puavanukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the first Open but it was their 21-18,22-24,20-22 defeat to India’s unseeded pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa in last week’s Open that shattered their hopes of competing in the Finals as one of the top eight pairs in Bangkok.
They finished 13th in the ranking list, three rungs below Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, who also missed the cut. Only Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie made it by virtue of finishing as the eighth pair.
Liu Ying, who returned home yesterday, said there were no excuses for their defeat last last week.
“I was a little edgy which led to some unnecessary mistakes at critical moment. Both our opponents and Peng Soon and I played well. It was a good game but we lost, ” said Liu Ying.
“I believe that I will get myself back to tip top condition soon by going through training and rehabilitation regardless if there are any upcoming tournaments, ” she said.
In the first Open, the 31-year-old Liu Ying suffered a minor lower back pain, a problem that she has been having for some time but doing her best to managing it with all kind of treatment.
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