Auckland: Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying made a resounding start to their New Zealand Open campaign when they put up a spirited fightback, coming from 15-20 to storm past Chang Ko-chi/Chang Hsin-tien of Taiwan 22-20 in the first set of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Wednesday. The Taiwanese pair appeared demoralized in the second set, and Chan/Goh wasted no time to produce a thrilling performance to notch up a 21-15 win in the second set.
“We didn’t give up even if we got off to a slow start in the first set. We were in better control in the second set against our opponents,” said Goh Liu Ying.
Chan/Goh will play Australians Matthew Chau/Gronya Somerville in the second round.
Malaysia’s independent player Daren Liew couldn’t ramp up his performance against No. 1 seed men’s singles player Son Wan Ho of Korea, losing to the No. 1 seed 14-21, 17-21.
Two other Malaysian men’s singles player Soo Teck Zhi and Goh Soon Huat both advanced into the third round. Soo Teck Zhi will play Taiwanese and No. 4 seed Hsu Jen Hao, while Goh Soon Huat will take on No. 3 seed Lee Dong Keun on Thursday.
The top match of the day undoubtedly belonged to Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol of South Korea against China’s Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong. Both pairs gave everything they had, and Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol eventually survived the match with 21-19, 18-21, 21-17 victory against the Chinese pair. Ko/Shin will play Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia on Thursday.