PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have a last chance to bow out from the Olympic Games with their heads held high.
The Rio Olympic Games silver medallists will take on world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China today to complete their final Group D fixture after losing the first two matches at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza.
It will be their last match in their last and third Olympics, and the duo will want to savour every moment of it.
All hopes of making the quarter-finals ended in a whimper when the world No. 7 slumped to a 12-21, 15-21 defeat to Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich yesterday. It was their second successive defeat in the group, having also lost to Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet 18-21, 21-10, 16-21 in the opening game on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Peng Soon, the oldest player in the mixed doubles event, was dejected with the manner they lost to the Germans. It was their first defeat against the 2020 Denmark Open champions, who are seven rungs lower than them in the world standing.
“We had to win this match after losing to Hong Kong pair but instead of doing well, we played under pressure. And that led to many mistakes,” said Peng Soon.
“This is not the way we wanted to end our match here.”
Although constantly being the target of their opponents, Liu Ying, who did well to counter the attacks, said: “It’s normal to be the target but instead of worrying about that, we’ve always focused on how best we can play on the day.”