Break­ing Su­per Se­ries bar­rier

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TAN Kian Meng is hop­ing for Sarawak to bring him luck once again when he com­petes in the Malaysia Open in Kuching on Apr 4-9.

The mixed dou­bles shut­tler and his part­ner Lai Pei Jing bagged their first ti­tle this sea­son at the Malaysia Masters in Sibu in Jan­uary.

Since break­ing into the world top 10 bracket last year, Kian Meng-Pei Jing have failed to de­liver at the Su­per Se­ries stage, and it’s be­gin­ning to frus­trate them.

“Yes, Pei Jing and I are a lit­tle frus­trated be­cause we can’t seem to get past the sec­ond round at the Su­per Se­ries level.

“We have got no is­sues play­ing in the GP or GP Gold tour­na­ments but some­how, we can’t seem to cope with the in­ten­sity of a higher tier tour­na­ment.

“If we can have a de­cent break­through, then we can say that we are a world class pair.

“Hope­fully, we will have the same luck like we did dur­ing the Malaysia Masters.

“Of course there will be pres­sure play­ing in front of our home fans, but I think it will also help lift our spir­its to do well,” said Kian Meng.

The World No 9, how­ever, are up against a tough draw, fac­ing Ja­pan’s top duo Kenta KazunoAyane Kuri­hara in the open­ing round.

Bar­ring any up­sets, Kian MengPei Jing are set to take on world No 5 Joachim Fis­cher NielsenChrist in na Peder sen of Den­mark in the fol­low­ing round.

“The draw is not in our favour but that is no ex­cuse. We can’t be hop­ing for a good draw all the time. If we want to do well, we have to be con­sis­tent.”

The other Malaysian mixed pairs in the main draw are na­tional No 1 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Goh Soon Hu­atShevon Lai Jemie. Fabian Peter

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