Peng Soon-Yee See con­tinue to make heads turn

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NA­TIONAL mixed dou­bles pair Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See ex­tended their im­pres­sive streak on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit when they checked into the sec­ond round of the New Zealand Open GP Gold in Auck­land yes­ter­day.

Fresh from win­ning the Rus­sian Open last week, the Malaysian duo pro­duced an­other su­perb per­for­mance to up­set sec­ond seeds Hafiz Faizal-Shela Devi Au­lia of In­done­sia 21-10, 21-19.

Rio Olympic Games sil­ver medal­list Chan Peng Soon, how­ever, chose to re­main hum­ble, say­ing: “Yes I must agree that Yee See and I have im­proved a lot since first be­ing paired in June but we are not top level ma­te­rial yet.

“Yee See is a very young player, and I don’t want to rush our part­ner­ship. Surely with each tour­na­ment we com­pete in, we learn some­thing new about our­selves.

“Per­son­ally, I think we can still im­prove in terms of our com­bi­na­tion on court and also our un­der­stand­ing. Phys­i­cally, Yee See is strong enough.”

Peng Soon-Yee See, who are bound for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games this month, are up against an­other In­done­sian pair Riky Wid­ianto-Richi Pus­pita Dili to­day for a place in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Also through to the sec­ond round yes­ter­day were men’s dou­bles sec­ond seeds Ong Yew SinTeo Ee Yi.

The Malaysian No 2, also bound for KL2017, were forced to slog be­fore carv­ing out a 21-12, 19-21, 21-16 win over Pe­ter Gabriel Mag­naye-Alvin Mo­rada of the Philip­pines.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi will play ei­ther Ricky Cheng-Evan Wong or Kevin Den­nerly Min­turn-Sa­muel Ho, both from New Zealand, next.

In the men’s sin­gles sec­ond round, in­de­pen­dent shut­tler Chong Wei Feng saw off Ja­cob Schueller of New Zealand 21-14, 21-15 to reach the third round, where he is up against top seed Wang Tzu Wei of Tai­wan.

Soh Wooi Yik, is the other Malaysian to reach the third round of the men’s sin­gles where he faces lo­cal shut­tler An­thony Joe for a place in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Fabian Pe­ter

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