Liu Ying urged to fight
CHAN Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying produced another fine performance to march into the quarterfinals of the India Open yesterday.
The Malaysian mixed doubles, who came mighty close to winning the All England earlier this month, saw off Indonesia’s Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-11, 21-19 in the second round at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
Just a day ago, Liu Ying had complained of her knee injury, and how it seems to be affecting her despite intensive treatment and rehabilitation.
Peng Soon, however, does not want his partner to dwell on the fact, but rather use it as motivation to do better on court.
“Our match today (yesterday) was not really easy. We had taken control in the first game and that was good but our opponents switched their plan in the second game and we got caught early on.
“Thankfully, we got back and made sure we won it in the end.
“As for Liu Ying’s injury, I don’t want to talk much about it. As athletes, we are all carrying injuries in one way or another.
“Sometimes I think it’s not right to keep talking about it. Why would you want your opponent or anybody to know of your weakness. I think it’s better to use it and fight hard,” said Peng Soon when contacted.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists will play the winners of the late second round match between South Korea’s Kim Gi Jung-Shin Seung Chan and Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen-Sara Thygesen, today for a place in the semi-finals.
Men’s doubles Goh V ShemTan Wee Kiong, were also in action yesterday. They played the mixed combination of Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong. Fabian Peter
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