Badminton: Gutsy doubles pair Mei Kuan-Pei Jing progress in Indonesia

Badminton: Gutsy doubles pair Mei Kuan-Pei Jing progress in Indonesia
Malaysian women doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan (right)-Lai Pei Jing in action at the Macau Open last month.
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PETALING JAYA: Women's pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lai Pei Jing never know when they're beaten.

Although basically mixed doubles players, the pair delivered a gutsy performance to oust Indonesia's Richi Puspita Dili-Rizki Amelia Pradipta in the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Mei Kuan-Pei Jing's never-say-die attitude were rewarded with a 18-21, 26-24, 23-21 win in Malang on Wednesday.

The more experienced Indonesians had taken the first game narrowly before Mei Kuan-Pei Jing came alive - saving four match points to take the second game 26-24.

Mei Kuan-Pei Jing seemed to have run out of steam in the rubber as Richi-Rizki stormed ahead to lead 9-6 and 19-13.

But Mei Kuan-Pei Jing, pairing up in only their third competition, never gave up. They won six straight points before rounding off an impressive victory in 63 minutes.

"I think we got really lucky in the end. When our opponents were leading in the second and third games, we just focused on playing at our own pace," said the 20-year-old Mei Kuan.

"We're definitely improving with every match ... it also helps that Pei Jing is a good leader on court.

"It's a good win for us. Our goal is just to play our best and improve with every match."

Mei Kuan-Pei Jing will face another Indonesian pair - Apriani Rahayu-Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto - in the second round.

In men's singles, world No. 82 Goh Soon Huat continued to show good form by beating Indonesian youngster Riyanto Subagja 21-16, 20-22, 21-13 in the first round.

The 25-year-old, who made the Macau Open semi-finals last week, meets China's Qiao Bin next.

Two others - 12th seed Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and 15th seed Soo Teck Zhi - also checked into the second round.

In men's doubles, Low Juan Shen-Tan Kian Meng continued to impress after blowing away Indonesia's Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan in straight games 21-11, 21-19.

Juan Shen-Kian Meng, who came through two qualifying rounds, are expected to meet fourth seeds Angga Pratama-Ricky Karanda Suwardi of Indonesia in the second round.

It was the end for Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, who ran out of gas against Macau Open runners-up Berry Angriawan-Ryan Agung Saputra.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS (Malaysians only)

Men's singles: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin bt Redy Perdana (Ina) 21-12, 21-14; Soo Teck Zhi bt Alvindo Saputra (Ina) 19-21, 21-17, 21-12; Goh Soon Huat bt Riyanto Subagja (Ina) 21-16, 20-22, 21-13.

Men's doubles: Low Juan Shen-Tan Kian Meng bt Yohanes Rendy Sugiaro-Afiat Yuris Wirawan (Ina) 21-11, 21-19; Didit Juang-Rusdianto (Ina) w.o. Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han; Berry Angriawan-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) bt Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 21-13, 22-24, 21-9.

Women's singles: Tee Jing Yi bt Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto (Ina) 21-16, 21-16; Lindaweni Fanetri (Ina) bt Lim Yin Fun 21-15, 21-18.

Women's doubles: Chow Mei Kuan-Lai Pei Jing bt Richi Puspita Dili-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) 18-21, 26-24, 23-21.

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