KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Friday – but they can still afford to smile.
The world No. 5 have virtually sealed their spot in the BWF World Super Series Finals – from Dec 11-15 at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras – as one of the eight qualifiers.
On Friday, the duo went down 18-21, 12-21 to England’s Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White in 38 minutes but their quarter-final appearance in the Hong Kong Open, which is the last leg of the 12-stop Tour, is good enough to secure them a spot for the season finale in Kuala Lumpur.
Only the top eight pairs after the 12 legs get to compete in the Finals and Peng Soon-Liu Ying are expected to end the season as the seventh qualifier.
National coach Jeremy Gan was happy that they had made the cut for the Finals but agreed that they had ended the season without any outstanding achievement this year.
“The English pair played quite well today and broke Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s rhythm – especially their service and return of service. Peng Soon-Liu Ying could have won,” said Jeremy.
“Their place in the Finals would have been in jeopardy if they had lost in the early rounds. We are thankful that they have made it to the last eight at least to confirm their place in the Finals.
“Overall, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have only achieved ordinary results this year.”
Except for a final appearance in the Malaysian Open in January, the duo have struggled for most part of this season.
Their worst performances were losing in the opening round of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August and suffering an unexpected defeat to a German pair in the Sudirman Cup in May.
Malaysia have tasted success in all events in the BWF World Super Series Finals, except in the mixed doubles.
Malaysia’s previous winners were Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles in 2008, 2009, 2010), Wong Mew Choo (women’s singles in 2009 ), Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty (women’s doubles in 2008 and 2009) and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (men’s doubles in 2008).