Mei Xing plots quick vengeance against Korean pair


PETALING JAYA: National women’s doubles shuttler Teoh Mei Xing (pic) has a quick chance to settle a score.

Mei Xing and partner Anna Cheong will face South Koreans Baek Ha-na-Lee Yu-lim in the first round of the Indonesian Masters from June 7-12 in Jakarta.

Mei Xing still remembers the painful defeat to the Koreans in the second round of the Thailand Open recently. The world No. 44 did well to win the opener 21-19 but were blown away in the next two games 11-21, 11-21.

“When I saw the draw, the first thought is to exact revenge against them,” said Mei Xing, who started the year by winning the Syed Modi International title.

“Anna and I have discussed the areas that we’re lacking in and aim to bounce back stronger. We will use a different strategy to get the better of them this time.”

“The main goal this year is to break into the world’s top 30.”

If the 25-year-old and her partner do manage to come out on top this time around, they are likely to face high-flying compatriots and world No. 10 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah in the second round.

Pearly-Thinaah, who reached their first semi-final this year in the Thailand Open, should face little trouble overcoming Margot Lambert-Anne Tran of France in the opening round.

The other Malaysian pairs in the fray are Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien (No. 36) and Valeree Siow-Low Yeen Yuan (No. 75).

Vivian-Chiew Sien open their campaign against Denmark’s unheralded Julie Finne-Ipsen-Mai Surrow and should reach the second round where they could cross swords with Indonesia’s Hanoi SEA Games gold medallists Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadia Ramadhanti.

Valeree-Yeen Yuan are drawn to meet a qualifier from Indonesia in the first round and a win could pit them against China’s world No. 22 Liu Xuanxuan-Xia Yuting next.

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