Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See in action against England’s Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith during the mixed doubles semi-final of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham August 1, 2022. — Bernama pic
Monday, 01 August 2022 11:52 PM MYT
BIRMINGHAM, Aug 1 — Malaysia’s badminton mixed squad is just one step away from reclaiming the mixed team gold after they subdued England 3-0, in the semi-final of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, here, today.
In the last four actions held in National Exhibition Centre Hall 5, deafening cheers from the home crowd did not even dampen Malaysia’s spirit as they scored the first point through mixed doubles duo, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See.
However, it was not a smooth sailing for Peng Soon-Yee See as they endured a woeful start after going down 12-21 to Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith, before Malaysia’s ‘two-months-old’ pair found their way back to turn things around and won the next two sets, 21-18, 21-13.
Peng Soon commented on the game and said that they didn’t get into the game in their first set, which allowed the English pair take the opening set.
“We think too much while confidence eroded leading to the first set loss but the coach told us to be bold in the second and third sets and we are glad to find our way to win the game.
“For the Commonwealth Games this time, I am determined to seize the gold back from India if we meet them in the final,” he told reporters, here.
National top men’s singles, Ng Tze Yong, scored the second point for the country as he eased past Toby Penty, 21-13, 21-14.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s doubles bronze medallist, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik then wrapped up the game as they triumphed over Ben Lane-Sean Vendy, 21-17, 21-18, to send Malaysia into their fifth straight finals after they first qualified in Melbourne 2006.
Malaysia, which has won three gold medals in Melbourne 2006, New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014, will face off against either India or Singapore in the semi-finals. — Bernama