KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are confident they can repeat last year’s feat of making the final of the All England.
Earlier, Peng Soon-Liu Ying who enter competition this year as runners-up, were made to work hard before overcoming Irish pair Sam Magee-Chloe Magee, 18-21, 24-22, 21-15 in the first round at Birmingham.
“In the first game, our opponents played very well, and we were uncomfortable and failed to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions on court. However, in the second game, we changed our game plan and it worked as we took the second game.
“In the third game, we already found our rhythm and we left them trailing in our wake,” said Peng Soon when contacted from Birmingham earlier.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who are 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalists, face a difficult path to the quarter-finals as they will most likely have to face eighth seeded China pair, Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui in the second round tomorrow (Thursday).
Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui will only be in action against French pair, Ronan Labar-Audrey Fontaine in a first round match later today (Wednesday).
“It will be a tough challenge going up against Zhang Nan-Lin Yinhui, as they are an experienced pair. However we cannot be overawed by the occasion and I am confident we can carve out a win,” said Peng Soon.
Meanwhile, lady luck was not on the side of Malaysia’s other mixed doubles as Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing crashed out in the first round itself.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing lost at the hands of Indonesian pair, Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 18-21, 11-21.