LAI PEI JING, Na­tional shut­tler

Pei Jing-Kian Meng fail to make break­through at All Eng­land

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

“It’s sad be­cause we really want a break­through at the Su­per Se­ries level but we still can’t seem to get past the sec­ond round.”

AFRUSTRATED Lai Pei Jing is des­per­ate for a Su­per Se­ries break­through, es­pe­cially af­ter fail­ing to reach the quarterfinals again at the All Eng­land in Birm­ing­ham.

The mixed dou­bles player who part­ners Tan Kian Meng, on Thurs­day lost 21-15, 21-9 to South Korea’s Yoo Yeon Seong-Kim Ha Na in the sec­ond round.

De­spite land­ing a cou­ple of GP Gold and other smaller ti­tles, the World No 9 pair have failed to make an im­pres­sion at the Su­per Se­ries and Su­per Se­ries Pre­mier stage.

“I’m frus­trated and an­gry. Even when I woke up this morn­ing (yes­ter­day), I couldn’t help but feel dis­ap­pointed.

“It’s sad be­cause we really want a break­through at the Su­per Se­ries level but we still can’t seem to get past the sec­ond round.

“Per­haps we are over think­ing and pres­sur­ing our­selves with­out re­al­is­ing it. Ev­ery time we play a top 10 pair, we want to outdo our­selves but end up mess­ing things up.

“Our match against the South Kore­ans was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we did not ex­e­cute our planned game strat­egy. We made too many mis­takes and com­pli­cated things,” lamented Pei Jing when con­tacted.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who have been play­ing to­gether for slightly over a year, will next com­pete at the Malaysia Open in Kuch­ing on Apr 4-9.

“Firstly I think we need to com­pose our­selves and re-look into our game plans.

“The Malaysia Open will not be easy, be­cause the pres­sure of play­ing in front of your home fans is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“How­ever, we can’t keep blam­ing our de­feats on pres­sure, so I really hope for a proper break­through this year.”

Mean­while, Lee Chong Wei played China’s Tian Houwei in the men’s sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nal at the All Eng­land yes­ter­day.

Men’s dou­bles Goh V ShemTan Wee Kiong played China’s Li Jun­hui-Liu Yuchen and mixed dou­bles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying faced an­other China duo Wang Yi­lyu-Huang Dong­ping.

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