Will they Pei dearly?


PETALING JAYA: Lai Pei Jing believes she and Tan Kian Meng have just made life difficult for themselves in their bid to qualify for the World Tour Finals in Bali from Dec 1-5 after losing in the first round of the Hylo Open.

On Wednesday, Kian Meng-Pei Jing went down tamely 16-21, 17-21 to Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran again in Saarbrucken, Germany.

The Thai world No. 34 had sent them packing in the French Open second round last week.

The dismal outing has left Pei Jing devastated as it could jeopardise her chance of making the top-eight cut for the Bali Finals.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing are currently fourth in the standings but their positions are under threat from Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who are in eighth spot, compatriots Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (ninth), Indonesia’s Rinov Rivaldy-Pithas Mentari (11th), Denmark’s Mikkel Mikkelsen-Rikke Soby (12th) and Praveen Jordan-Melati Oktavianti (13th).

“This is more than just a match defeat,” said Pei Jing.

“Losing this match may jeopardise our chance to retain our qualification (spot) for the BWF World Tour Finals this year.”

Kian Meng-Pei Jing don’t need to be reminded on how they had agonisingly missed out on last season’s Finals held in January this year - no thanks to a dismal run in the Asian leg in Bangkok.

They were on the seventh spot just before the Thailand Open 2, which was the last qualifier, but a first-round defeat saw them slip to 10th.

“We don’t want to experience another disappointment. The pressure has now doubled. We feel like God is putting us through another test,” she said.

Pei Jing has vowed to come back stronger in the last two legs – the Indonesian Masters and Indonesian Open – in two weeks time.

Soon Huat-Shevon did better than Kian Meng-Pei Jing in the Hylo Open by going one step better before losing.

They defeated Ruben Jille-Cheryl Seinen of Holland 21-14, 21-15 in the second round but failed to book a ticket for the quarter-finals after losing 15-21, 15-21 to Denmark’s Niclas Nohr-Amalie Magelund yesterday.

Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See also failed to reach the last eight after losing 10-21, 19-21 to Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taera–ttanachai of Thailand.

The others who will be out to go beyond the second round are Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles), Tan Wee Kiong-Kian Meng (men’s doubles), Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien (women’s doubles) and Chen Tangjie-Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles).

SECOND ROUND

Men’s doubles: Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) bt Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) 21-14, 21-15; Daniel Lundgaard-Mathias Thyrri (Den) bt Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) 22-20, 21-14; Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Callum Hemming-Steven Stallwood (Eng) 21-16, 21-19; Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren (Tha) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) 5-4, rtd. Matches involving Malaysians only

Mixed doubles: Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See 21-10, 21-19; Niclas Nohr-Amalie Magelund (Den) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie 21-14, 21-15.

FIRST ROUND

Men’s singles:
Toma Junior Popov (Fra) bt Misha Zilberman (Isr) 21-17, 21-18; Rasmus Gemke (Den) bt Ajay Jayaram (Ind) 21-14, 19-21, 21-16; Kodai Naraoka (Jpn) bt Ygor Coelho (Bra) 21-15, 21-14; Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Felix Burestedt (Swe) 21-17, 21-9; Lakhsya Sen (Ind) bt Thomas Rouxel (Fra) 21-17, 21-14; Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) bt Liew Daren (Mas) 21-17, 22-20; Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) bt Victor Svendsen (Den) 21-8, 26-28, 21-16; Loh Kean Yew (Sin) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 21-18, 21-13; Lee Dong-keun (Kor) bt Subhankar Dey (Ind) 21-11, 21-16; K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Koki Watanabe (Jpn) 21-15, 21-10; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Luis Enrique Penalver (Spa) 21-16, 21-14; Ng Ka Long (Hkg) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 21-13, 21-14; Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) bt Brian Yang (Can) 21-12, 21-18; Nhat Nguyen (Irl) bt H. S. Prannoy 16-21, 21-17, 21-7; Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Pablo Abian (Spa) 21-11, 21-23, 24-22.

Men’s doubles: Ruben Jille-Ties Van Der Lecq (Ned) bt Joshua Magee-Paul Reynolds (Irl) 28-26, 24-22; Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) bt Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) 21-19, 24-22; Daniel Lundgaard-Mathias Thyrri (Den) bt Tarun Kona-Shivam Sharma (Ind) 21-16, 21-18; Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren (Tha) bt Christo Popov-Toma Junior Popov (Fra) 21-15, 21-19; Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) bt Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy (Ind) 21-9, 21-11; Shobihul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) bt Fabien Delrue-William Villeger (Fra) 21-9, 21-17; Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya (Ina) bt Hiroki Okamura-Masayuki Onodera (Jpn) 21-17, 21-19; Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Natthapat Trinkajee-Tanupat Viriyangkura (Tha) 21-17, 21-13; Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Rambitan (Ina) bt Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) 21-17, 18-21, 21-12; Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) bt Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen (Mas) 19-21, 21-19, 21-15; Callum Hemming-Steven Stallwood (Eng) bt Mathias Boe-Michael Sarfelt (Den) 21-6, 21-17; Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar (Fra) 21-18, 21-11; Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall (Sco) bt Matthew Clare-Ethan Van Leeuwen (Eng) 21-18, 21-15; Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin (Ina) bt Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) 21-12, 21-19; Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Takuto Inoue-Kenya Mitsuhashi (Jpn) 21-10, 21-15; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Mahiro Kaneko-Yunosuke Kubota (Jpn) 21-15, 21-18.

Matches involving Malaysians only

Women’s doubles: Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien bt Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen (Den) 21-23, 21-18, 21-17. Mixed doubles: Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran (Tha) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 21-16, 21-17; Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei bt Lee Jhe-huei-Hsu Ya-ching (Tpe) 18-21, 21-14; 21-14; Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See bt Oliver Leydon-Davis-Anona Pak (Nzl) 21-15, 21-15; Soon Huat-Shevon bt Ruben Jille-Cheryl Seinen (Ned) 21-14, 21-15; Mikkel Mikkelsen-Rikke Sobby (Den) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 22-20, 15-21, 21-16.

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