KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon plans to make full use of the three back-to-back tournaments in Europe to win the trust of his new partner Lai Pei Jing.
Peng Soon and Pei Jing are the top seeds in the Austrian International Open from Feb 19-22 but are unseeded for the more challenging German Open GP Gold from Feb 26-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9.
Peng Soon is quietly hoping to make the cut with Pei Jing for this year’s World Championships in Copenhagen in August.
This is based on the latest list of entries disclosed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.
Pei Jing is combining with Peng Soon as his partner of five years, Goh Liu Ying, has decided to undergo knee surgery.
Liu Ying is likely to be ruled out of competition for at least six months once she goes under the knife.
PETALING JAYA: In a rather surprising U-turn, national mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying has decided to postpone her decision to go for surgery.
The 24-year-old Liu Ying who is ranked sixth in the world with partner Chan Peng Soon has been suffering from long-standing knee problems, with her right knee revealed to have a meniscus tear and a partial ligament tear. There is also a small meniscus tear on her left knee.
And the Malacca-born Liu Ying had initially made up her mind to go under the knife which would in effect rule her out for at least six months.
That would mean she would miss out on several big tournaments such as the Asian and Commonwealth Games, as well as the World Championships in August.
PETALING JAYA: National mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan has decided to pair up Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing as he believes the pair have what it takes to make an impact.
Peng Soon is currently ranked sixth in the world with Goh Liu Ying but that partnership has been put on hold following the latter’s decision to undergo knee surgery. She is expected to be out of action for at least six months.
The 21-year-old Pei Jing meanwhile has been paired with Tan Aik Quan for the past three years and the duo were ranked as high as No. 15 in the world last May.
KUALA LUMPUR: The successful partnership of Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon has been temporarily disbanded.
The 24-year-old Liu Ying has finally decided to go for a surgery to treat her nagging knee problems. The op on both her knees will rule her out of competition for a minimum of six months.
The damage is more severe on her right knee, which has a meniscus tear and a partial tear on her ligament. There is also a small meniscus tear on her left knee.
Liu Ying said on Friday that it was best for her to go under the knife now – and then work towards getting to peak form for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.