Peng Soon-Liu Ying eye­ing fi­nal again

New Straits Times - - SPORT - Helmi Talkah

Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying be­lieve they can reach the All Eng­land mixed dou­bles fi­nal for the sec­ond straight time in Birm­ing­ham.

Yes­ter­day, Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who lost the fi­nal last year, bounced back from a first game blem­ish to edge Ire­land’s Sam Magee-Chloe Magee 18-21, 2422, 21-15 in their first round match.

“In the first game, our op­po­nents played very well while we were un­com­fort­able. We then changed our strat­egy and it worked well in the sec­ond game.

“We played to our strength in the de­cid­ing game to seal vic­tory,” said Peng Soon yes­ter­day.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying, the sil­ver medal­lists at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will likely face eighth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yin­hui in the sec­ond round to­day.

Zhang Nan-Li Yin­hui were in­volved in a late first round match against France’s Ro­nan Labar-Au­drey Fon­taine.

“We had a shaky start to­day but we are not too wor­ried about it. We will now pre­pare for our sec­ond round and hope­fully, we will be able to do bet­ter,” he added.

Com­pa­tri­ots Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing were shown the door in the first round. They lost 21-18, 21-11 to In­done­sia’s Hafiz Faizal-Glo­ria Emanuelle Wid­jaja.

Chan Peng Soon (right) and Goh Liu Ying won a tough first round match yes­ter­day.

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