KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will not be setting any high targets for themselves for the upcoming Malaysia Masters which begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Axiata Arena.
Even though they are fresh from winning the Thailand Masters title yesterday (Sunday), the pair who are ranked World No 21 admitted that their challenge in the Malaysia Masters will be much tougher as more of the world’s top pairs will be taking part.
“We are not setting ourselves any high targets or thinking too much about becoming champions. The draw for this tournament is quite tough and challenging as it is.
“So it is better for us to focus on one match at a time and try to do our best step by step. What’s priority is getting back to our best by rediscovering our top form,” said Liu Ying.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying won their first title of the year when they won the Thailand Masters by beating home favourites, Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Puttita Supajirakul, 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 in the final yesterday.
Liu Ying also said that the title won in Bangkok is just the positive start they needed on their return to competitive action after being apart for eight months due to her niggling shoulder injury which required surgery that kept her out of action for an extensive period last year.
She added that the win had also boosted their confidence especially for this year which is one of the most challenging in recent years.
“We are satisfied with our performance in the final, though I have to admit that in the second set we kind of lost a bit of our confidence, however in the third set we managed to alter our game plan and it paid dividends for us in the end,” said Liu Ying.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalists, begin their challenge in the Malaysia Masters against Singaporean pair, Terry Hee-Tan Wei Han in the first round.
If they win, then they will need to be at their best as they will face either sixth seeds Mathias Christiansen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark or Lu Kai-Zhao Chaomin of China.