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Mixed doubles head coach Eei Hui pleased with Tan-Lai’s performance

PETALING JAYA: Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing lost in the quarter-finals at the French Open but they can still walk tall after putting up a spirited display.
The world No. 11 gave a rousing performance before going down 21-19, 14-21, 12-21 to reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris on Friday.
Their first Superseries quarter-final appearance in five months has enhanced their chances of qualifying for their first World Superseries Finals in Dubai in December.
National mixed doubles head coach Chin Eei Hui was pleased with their fighting spirit.
“They’ve worked really hard to make a comeback. Pei Jing was in tears every day during training here in Europe (after the first-round defeat at the Denmark Open in Odense last week).
“Kian Meng has also put in extra efforts to make the combination with Pei Jing work. Their determination saw them playing one of their better matches in recent times. I appreciate their attitude in trying to get it right.
“I hope others will emulate their dedication.”
With two more legs to go in the Superseries Tour this year, Eei Hui said that “Kian Meng-Pei Jing are almost assured of their places for the finale in Dubai”.
The last two legs will be held in Fuzhou, China, from Nov 14-19 and Kowloon, Hong Kong, from Nov 21-26.
“I hope they can maintain their form in the last two Opens in China and Hong Kong,” said Eei Hui.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing are in seventh spot after nine legs of the Tour. They are expected to move up following their quarter-final finish at the French Open.
Only the top eight pairs after the 12 legs will get to play at the Finals. A country can only have a maximum of two pairs in the top eight.
The only other Malaysian in the running for a ticket to Dubai is singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.
He is in sixth spot but is expected to drop a few notches following his first-round disaster at the French Open.
The three-time Olympic silver medallist will have to regain his form and avoid early-round exits in the last two legs if he wants to make the cut for the Dubai Finals.
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