Peng Soon-Liu Ying reach All-England semis but over for two other pairs


Goh Liu Ying-Chan Peng Soon react after winning their quarter-final match in the All-England. Pix by www.badmintonphoto.com

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles stars Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying stormed into the All-England semi-finals by the skin of their teeth.

On Friday (March 19), the world No. 7 battled their way to a 17-21,21-18,22-20 win over Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France in the quarter-finals at the Arena Birmingham.

The deciding game was nail-biting as both pairs were tied at 15-15,18-18 and 20-20 but the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal winners Peng Soon-Liu Ying drew strength from their experience to pull away for the semi-final ticket.

They take on Japan's Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo for a place in the final.

"We were quite lucky to win," said Peng Soon.

"Our next opponent have not played together for a while but they showed they are still good by reaching the semi-finals here. We will be ready."

The challenge is over for Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles) and Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (women's doubles) as they exited from the All-England in contrasting fashion against Japanese opponents.

Independent shuttlers Kian Meng-Pei Jing could not match former All-England champions Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino as they bowed out 17-21,9-21 in 31 minutes.

Pearly and Thinaah however, fought hard for an hour before losing 12-21,22-20,16-21 to fifth seeds Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida.

ALL-ENGLAND SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES (March 20)

(Follow the order from 6pm Malaysian time onward)

Women's doubles: Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) vs Selena Piek-Cheryl Seinen (Ned)

Men's doubles: Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) vs Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede (Den)

Women's singles: Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) vs P.V. Sindhu (Ind)

Women's doubles: Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) vs Mayu Matsutomo-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn)

Women's singles: Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) vs Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn)

Men's doubles: Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) vs Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn)

Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) vs Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo (Jpn)

Men's singles: Lee Zii Jia (Mas) vs Mark Caljouw (Ned)

Mixed doubles: Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) vs Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn)

Men's singles: Anders Antonsen (Den) vs Viktor Axelsen (Den)

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