Peng Soon eager for repeat of 2012 triumph at home

Mixed doubles pair Goh Liu Ying (left) dan Chan Peng Soon in action at the Malaysia Masters quarterfinals. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Professional mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying want to repeat their victory on home ground eight years ago after booking a semifinal spot at the Malaysia Masters yesterday.

They beat Japan’s Takuro Hoki-Wakana Nagahara 21-15, 21-18 in the quarterfinals at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil to keep up Malaysia’s challenge in the mixed doubles.

“We have the advantage because we are among the most experienced. And sometimes, the draw also plays an important aspect and it does help us a lot.

“The last time we won was in the 2012 edition but it’s still 300 (Super 300 status). Now it has gone up to (Super) 500 and the level of the tournament has gone up,” he said.

Peng Soon was pleased with their performance and wants to stay consistent so they can confirm their ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.

“If possible, starting in January (to book the Olympics berth). We have to advance into the semifinals in Malaysia and Indonesia Masters (next week) as well as the All England,” he said.

Meanwhile, Liu Ying said she was distracted in the second game but managed to recover.

“When we were trailing 11-16, I was confused and felt lost. Fortunately, I took a deep breath and we managed to level at 16-16 before winning,” said the 2016 Olympic silver medallist.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will face second seeds Wang Yi Lyu-Huang Dong Ping of China in the semis later today.

The world No 2 pair edged Dutch duo Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek 19-21, 21-8, 21-15.

Another Malaysian mixed pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai were shown the exit by top seeds Zheng Si Wei-Huang Ya Qiong of China 21-11, 21-9.