Ex­pec­ta­tions weigh down Pei Jing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NA­TIONAL shut­tler Lai Pei Jing is al­ready feel­ing the pres­sure as she gears up for her fourth World Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow, Scot­land.

The 25-year-old mixed dou­bles player and her part­ner Tan Kian Meng are seeded eighth for the 23rd edi­tion of the world meet on Aug 21-27.

When met yes­ter­day at the Academy Bad­minton Malaysia (ABM) af­ter the BA of Malaysia’s (BAM) first monthly as­sem­bly, Pei Jing said: “I am feel­ing the pres­sure be­cause this time around I will be part­ner­ing Kian Meng, who will be mak­ing his World Cham­pi­onships de­but.

“My pre­vi­ous three ap­pear­ances were with my then part­ner Tan Aik Quan, and there wasn’t much ex­pec­ta­tion on us. This time Kian Meng and I are seeded eighth, so we have to per­form.

“Good thing is, none of us are car­ry­ing any in­jury and our fit­ness is good.”

The Malaysian duo, cur­rently ranked No 10 in the world, are in the bot­tom half of the draw for the World Cham­pi­onships, and have al­ready been awarded a first round bye.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who have one ti­tle to their belt this sea­son (Malaysia Masters) are ex­pected to play In­done­sia’s Ir­fan Fad­hi­lah-Weni Ang­graini in the sec­ond round.

“I don’t want to think too far ahead, be­cause most of the time when we dream big, it back­fires.

“It’s al­ways our ea­ger­ness to win that brings us down. Some­times we want to play those per­fect strokes but it doesn’t hap­pen, I don’t want it to be like that this time.

“Kian Meng and I have agreed to ap­proach the world meet by tak­ing things one step at a time.”

Also in the bot­tom half of the draw are sec­ond seeds Lu KaiHuang Yaqiong of China, third seeds Ton­towi Ah­mad-Liliyana Nat­sir of In­done­sia, sixth seeds Joachim Fis­cher NielsenChristinna Ped­er­sen of Den­mark and ninth seeds Choi Sol­gyuchae Yoo Jung of South Korea. Fabian Peter

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