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Peng Soon willing to give partner time to handle pressure

PETALING JAYA: Veteran mixed doubles shuttler Chan Peng Soon is ready to give his younger partner Cheah Yee See time to get her act right after their semi-final loss to China’s Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong in the Macau Open.
The world No. 31 Malaysians lost 12-21, 12-21 to the fifth seeds in just 33 minutes at the Tap Seac Multisport Arena yesterday.
But the 29-year-old Peng Soon is not too perturbed by the 21-year-old Yee See’s display.
“It’s sad that we couldn’t make an impact today. Our opponents were in a class of their own,” admitted Peng Soon.
“She needs more time to handle the pressure of playing against the top guns. She needs to react quicker against fast-attacking opponents, but this will take time.
“It’s unfair to expect too much from her. We’ve only been playing together for a short time (since June).”
Peng Soon-Yee See had earlier competed in nine international tournaments and won just one – the Russian Open Grand Prix in July.
Peng Soon said he would continue to help raise Yee See’s game another notch.
“Our next assignment is the China Open (starting in Fuzhou on Wednesday). I’ve told her that the goal will be to upset one big name,” he said.
Malaysia’s challenge in the Macau Open is all over following the exit of independent shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the men’s singles semi-finals.
Zulfadli conceded a walkover to Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia due to an injury on his right foot.
“I sprained my ankle during the quarter-finals (against Shih Kuei-chun) while leading 18-6. My foot is still swollen and I’ve decided to skip the semi-finals and focus on my challenge at the China Open next week,” said Zulfadli.
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