A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR PENG SOON-LIU YING

SHAH ALAM: Expectations were running high for another upset from Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the mixed doubles final today. After all, they had ousted the topseeds and world No.1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei in the semifinals the previous day.

 

Today's final was against the second seeds and World No.2, Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir, and hopes were that the Malaysian duo would be able to serve another surprise.

 

However, the fans' hopes, ended after a massive battle that lasted over 80 minutes finished in favour of the Indonesian pair. Needless to say, Peng Soon and Liu Ying were disappointed with the result.  

 

"We have to be more consistent," said Lu Ying. After today's match, the Indonesians have a 4-1 head-to-head lead over the Malaysians. Peng Soon-Liu Ying last beat them in 2012 while Tontowi-Liliyana won their previous meeting in Indonesia in 2013.

 

"It certainly was not our best performance. Still we gave our best but it was not good enough to win the titlein front of the Malaysian fans," said Peng Soon, who added that his serves need to be improved.

 

For Liu Ying it was a day of mixed emotions."It was happiness to have reached the final but sadness when you fail to win the title despite the strong support from the home fans.

 

"Our opponents were more consistent than us and this made difference. If there is a plus point for us, it is that our partnership is more matured now.

 

"We can only get better and we hope to be ready for the Olympics," said Liu Ying. "We are on the right track and with the help of coach Chin Eei Hui we will improve our shortcomings."

 

Apart from gaining valuable Olympic points the Malaysian pair, winners of the recent New Zealand GP Gold, took home USD20,900 in prize money. The champions pocketed USD43,450.

 

This the second time Peng Soon-Liu Ying finished runners-up in the Malaysia Open. They were second in 2013 when they lost to Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen in the final.

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