Truly heartbreaking for Malaysia’s mixed doubles fans, the number 6th seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying displayed great skills and perseverance but went down fighting to Jordan Praveen and Debby Susanto 21-18, 17-21,22-24.
The last year finalist, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon were actually 1-10 down in the deciding game. All thanks to Jordan Praveen’s blistering and steep angle smashes. Jordan Praveen is truly a next prospect for Indonesia’s doubles department. He has the tricky skills similarity of non other than former world champion Sigit Budiarto.
However, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon managed to stay in there and kept putting pressure on their younger Indonesian opponent and they managed to score the game first match point, but maybe due to nerves and excellent deceptive and double motion shots of Jordan Praveen, which left Goh Liu Ying a little confuse to kill the shots at the front court.
Here’s Goh Liu Ying showing great dissapointment at the parking lot area after a nerve wrecking match which had the crowd at the edge of their seats. Great effort but in was in vain. Goh Liu Ying, who is still delima on whether to get an operation on her long time knee injury which got worse over the past couple of months.
Meanwhile in the men‘s singles, World number 1 Lee Chong Wei live up to expectations as Malaysia’s hero by winning his match in style 21-17, 21-18 against China’s number 4 player Wang Zheng Ming. Wang managed to display some resistance but Chong Wei is at another level.
The match that kept the home supporters roaring through the night was Malaysia’s sole survivors pair of Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem in men’s doubles event. Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were 16-20 down in second game but managed to pull through and won the match 21-19, 25-23 against Thailand’s pair of Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Puangpuapech. Despite having some weak serves from Khim Wah and was being fault multiple times from the umpire, Khim Wah displayed great defensive control and while V Shem displayed brilliant attacking game.