Fuzhou: World No. 14 mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai of Malaysia will have to do things the hard way if they are to win their first Super Series title in Fuzhou, when they are slated to kick off their China Open first round on Wednesday.
Speaking to Malaysian on Tuesday, Lai admitted they have been given a tough draw in the bottom half of the China Open, and said they priority would be to fully-focused on capping off Japanese pair Takuro Hoki-Sayaka Hirota in their openers.
“Our preparation has gone smoothly and we have started to get used to the stadium here. We got a tough draw, we will focus on our first round match first because they are really opponents,” said Lai.
“We’ve lost to Hoki-Hirota in the second round of Japan Open. Therefore, we’ll need to be extra careful and be more prepared on Wednesday,” added Lai.
If they win their first round match, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai are likely to face South Korea’s Seo Seung Jae-Kim Ha Na next.
“We did not play well and lost to Seo-Kim in the first round of French Open,” said the 24-year-old.
Nevertheless, Lai did acknowledge that she was excited to make the Denmark Open semi-final last month.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s mixed doubles No. 8 seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing will take on Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet in the China Open first round while their compatriots Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See will meet Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Puttita Supajirakul on Wednesday.