Monday October 15, 2012
Peng Soon on double duty after Denmark
KUALA LUMPUR: It will be back to double duty for doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon after this week’s Denmark Open in Odense and he is relishing the prospect of playing in both the mixed and men’s doubles.
Prior to the London Olympic Games, Peng Soon had been focusing only on the mixed doubles with Goh Liu Ying but now, national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, wants him to renew his partnership with Lim Khim Wah in men’s doubles.
“We want him to achieve good results in both events. Peng Soon is young and talented and he can strike success in both events,” said Kim Her.
The 24-year-old Peng Soon has shown in the past that he can excel in two events. In fact, he is the only men shuttler to have won the mixed and men’s doubles titles.
He partnered Khim Wah to win the 2009 Thailand Open GP Gold title. With Liu Ying, he had won four mixed doubles titles. They were the champions at the Asian Badminton Championships (2010), Bitburger German Open (2011) and won this year at the Malaysian Open GP Gold and the recent Japan Open Super Series.
Peng Soon said that he was confident of doing well in both events again but for now, his concentration is on the Denmark Open. “It should not be a problem to play with Khim Wah again. We know each other’s game well.” he said.
On his campaign in Odense, Peng Soon said: “Many top mixed doubles pairs did not turn up in Japan Open and we took the opportunity to win our first Super Series titles. It will be tougher in Denmark as all the top pairs are around. ” he said.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying are the fifth seeds and are drawn in the top half with top seeds Xu Chen-Ma Jin of China and two other top European pairs – Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark and Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba of Poland.
Their first real test is expected to be in the second round when they take on South Koreans Yoo Yeon-seong-Jang Ye-na.
In the lower half with second seeds Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China are Indonesia’s Ahmad Tantowi-Lilyana Natsir and Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol-T. Saralee.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying are the sole Malaysian representatives in the mixed doubles.