Saturday, 4 March 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: There is a good chance that Malaysian Masters champions Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing can become the national No. 1 mixed doubles pair if they continue their fine run at the ongoing German Open.
The world No. 9 are just one rung lower than seniors and Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in the world ranking. The current national No. 1 have dropped five rungs to world No. 8 since last November.
That could all change though if Kian Meng-Pei Jing do better than Peng Soon-Liu Ying in the German Open.
On Thursday, Kian Meng-Pei Jin marched into the quarter-finals of the second-tier tournament in Mulheim after defeating Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Jongkolphan Kititharakul of Thailand 21-16, 21-17 in a 39-minute match.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying also reached the quarter-finals after coming through a tough match against homesters Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich.
The Malaysians won 21-15, 16-21, 23-21 win in 59 minutes.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who are determined to put a good show after losing to Peng Soon-Chow Mei Kuan in the semi-finals of the National Championships in Ulu Kinta last week, will take on qualifiers Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin of Taiwan for a place in the semi-finals.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying will have a tougher task as they will be against eighth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui of China.
This will be their first international tournament after Liu Ying aggravated a knee injury in January.
Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui began the year by winning the Thailand Masters in January.
In one of the biggest upsets at the German Open yesterday, Denmark’s Emil Holst defeated two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China 21-10, 21-16 to set up a quarter-final match against Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan.
Source by: Internet