PETALING JAYA: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying sure know how to make their presence felt.
After a four-year absence from the Indian Open, the Malaysian mixed doubles pair put up a rousing performance to beat Edi Subaktiar–Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia 21-11, 21-19 in 40 minutes and storm into the quarter-finals of the top-tier tournament in New Delhi yesterday.
After a brilliant start, the All-England runners-up found themselves up against a very determined pair in the second game – and even trailed 7-11.
Undeterred, the fourth-seeded Peng Soon-Liu Ying got their act together, raised their game and romped home for a stunning win.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying last played in the Indian Open in 2013, when they meekly surrendered to Poland’s Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba in the quarter-finals.
Peng Soon featured in the 2014 edition but with a different partner – Lai Pei Jing. They crashed out in the quarter-finals as well.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who are Rio Olympic silver medallists, aim to reach the semi-finals for the first time when they take on the winners of the match between Kim Gi-jung-Shin Seung-chan of South Korea and Mathias Christiansen-Sara Thygesen of Denmark.
National coach Chin Eei Hui expected Peng Soon-Liu Ying to reach the quarter-finals.
“They reached the All-England final and now they’ve made it to the Indian Open quarters … it was a normal performance from them. The challenge will be in the semis,” said Ee Hui.
In the men’s doubles, China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen continued their impressive form to reach the quarter-finals with a sensational 21-12, 23-21 win over Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
World No. 5 Junhui-Yuchen will take on the winners of the match between top seeds Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and the Malaysian-Indonesian pairing of Tan Boon Heong-Hendra Setiawan for a place in the last four.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Men’s singles: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Lee Dong-keun (Kor)
21-19, 21-16; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 21-11,
11-21, 21-15; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 21-14,
Men’s doubles: Lee Jhe-huei-Lee-yang (Tpe) bt Mathias Boe-
Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-18, 21-18; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn)
bt Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) 21-12, 23-21;
Ricky Karanda Suwardi (Ina) bt Angga Pratama (Ina) bt Mathias
Christiansen-David Daugaard (Den) 21-14, 17-21, 21-18; Vladimir
Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-
12, 8-21, 21-8.
Women’s singles: Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt Linda Zetchiri (Bul) 21-6,
21-8; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky (Ina) 21-
16, 21-13; Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Sayaka Sato (Jpn) 21-12, 9-21,
21-18; Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Zhang Yiman (Chn) 21-14, 21-19;
Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) bt Chen Xiaoxin (Chn) 21-15, 21-13.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) w.o. Wang Yilyu-Du
Yue (Chn); Bodin Isara-Savitree Amitrapai (Tha) bt Choi Solgyu-Chae
Yoo-jung (Kor) 21-11, 21-8; Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn)
bt Kim Jae-hwan-Lee So-hee (Kor) 19-21, 21-18, 21-14; Evgenij
Dremin-Evgenia Dimova (Rus) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Reddy N.
Sikki (Ind) 21-18, 21-19; Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Marcus
Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-11, 21-17; Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock
(Eng) bt Lee-yang-Hsu Ya-ching (Tpe) 23-21, 22-20; Chan Peng
Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja
(Ina) 21-11, 21-19
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