Sunday September 16, 2012
Liu Ying suffers heartbreak after losing in women and mixed doubles
By ASHREENA PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying suffered a double heartbreak after losing women’s doubles and mixed doubles semi-final matches at the China Masters in Changzhou yesterday.
Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon came up short again against their London Olympic Games conquerors – China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin in the mixed doubles.
The Chinese pair won 21-18, 15-21, 21-11.
Earlier, Liu Ying and Lim Yin Loo were outclassed by top seeds Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin of China 21-1, 21-14 in the women’s doubles event.
Despite the loss, Yin Loo hopes her partnership with Liu Ying will be retained as she believes they have much to prove as a pair.
“I hope we will remain as a pair although the decision is entirely up to the coaches,” said Yin Loo in a telephone interview from Changzhou.
Yin Loo said the slow-shuttle tactics used by the world No. 5 Chinese pair unsettled them.
“I think the Chinese pair were smart. They knew that slowing down the shuttle speed would disrupt our game. It caught us off guard.”
“We were also nervous in the beginning and it all just worked against us from the start.”
Yin Loo also admitted that she felt somewhat responsible for the defeat as she failed to deal the with the situation quickly.
“It was disappointing as I also couldn’t adapt to the changes quick enough and that really hurt our performance. I need to learn how to adapt to different tactics quicker,” said the 24-year-old Yin Loo.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are still tinkering around as to who is the best woman doubles partner for Yin Loo. For the Indonesian Open from Sept 25-30, she will pair up with Shevon Lai and then partner veteran Chin Ee Hui for the Taipei Open next month.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles semi-finals, top seed Chen Long was given a walkover by compatriot and fourth seed Du Pengyu. Chen Long faces Hong Kong’s Hu Yu, who beat India’s Ajay Jeyaram 21-16, 21-18 in the other semi-final.
Men’s singles: Hu Yu bt Ajay Jayaram 21-16, 21-18; Chen Long (Chn) w.o. Du Pengyu (Chn).
Men’s doubles: Chai Biao-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Hong Wei-Shen Ye (Chn) 21-13, 23-21; Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) bt Bodin Issara-Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) 21-18, 19-21, 21-11.
Women’s singles: Jiang Yanjiao (Chn) bt V.P Sindhu 21-10, 14-21, 21-19; Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-13, 21-9.
Women’s doubles: Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (Chn) bt Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo (Mas) 21-1, 21-14;Cheng Shu-Luo Yu (Chn) bt Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Jpn) 21-16, 21-13.
Mixed doubles: Qiu Zihan-Tang Jianhua (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha)21-16, 19-21, 21-17; Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-18, 15-21, 21-11.