Saturday September 15, 2012
Liu Ying makes amends by reaching two semis in China Masters
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Goh Liu Ying made amends for a disappointing outing in last month’s London Olympics by reaching the mixed and women’s doubles semi-finals in the China Masters in Changzhou yesterday.
The soft-spoken Liu Ying turned on the power to combine superbly with Chan Peng Soon in their 15-21, 21-16, 21-15 quarter-final victory over China’s Tao Jiaming-Bao Yixin in 53 minutes.
The third seeds will take on China’s top mixed doubles pair of Xu Chen-Ma Jin today, knowing that a win will land them their first-ever final in the Super Series.
Peng Soon gave due credit to his partner yesterday.
“This is our first match after the Olympic Games and our game were quite rusty. We struggled to get our game going in the opening game,” said Peng Soon in a telephone interview.
“But we remembered our outing in London when we did not win a single match in the group. We changed the tempo and played with more aggression and confidence. My partner played really well today and it is great that we cleared one Chinese hurdle today. Now, we will face a bigger challenge as Xu Chen-Ma Jin are even more competitive,” added Peng Soon, who is however, determined to reach his first Super Series final with Liu Ying to make up for the disastrous outing in London.
Liu Ying also stayed in line for another huge success when she made it to the women’s doubles semi-finals with Lim Yin Loo in superb style yesterday.
The duo defied the odds to beat the higher ranked A. Duanganong-V. Kunchala of Thailand in a gruelling 23-21, 10-21, 21-18 match in the quarter-finals.
Today, they will take on top seeds Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin of China for a place in he final.
The duo have yet score a win over a Chinese pair but they have enough spunk to pull the rug from the fancied homesters.
However, the other Malaysians all crashed out. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock lost in the men’s doubles, Ong Jian Guo-Yin Loo in the mixed doubles and the Ng sisters – Hui Lin-Hui Ern – in the women’s doubles.