Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying survive day of upsets at All England

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Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying win a mental battle on a day of upsets. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying win a mental battle on a day of upsets. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Birmingham: On a day of upsets, the 2017 mixed doubles finalists Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia had to dig deep to win their first round match at the 2019 All England.

Chan/Goh dropped the first set to Takuro Hoki/Wakana Nagahara before saving a match point to finally overcoming the Japanese pair 19-21, 21-10, 22-20 to advance to the second round. They will meet Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow of Indonesia on Thursday.

Another Malaysian mixed doubles pair, Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai was able to avoid upset and reached the second round by beating Ronald Ronald/Annisa Saufika of Indonesia 21-16, 21-11, setting up a second round meeting with Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith of England.

However, India’s women’s singles No. 5 seed PV Sindhu suffered a 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 loss against Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in the opener.

Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei and Soniia Cheah were also crashed out in the opening round.

The women’s No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan who was bidding for her third consecutive All England title, overcame Michelle Li of Canada 21-12, 21-15 to enter the second round.

China’s No. 3 seed Chen Yufei able to defeat compatriot Han Yue 21-10, 21-14 to join her teammates He Bingjiao, Li Xuerui and Chen Xiaoxin in the second round on Thursday.

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