KUALA LUMPUR — It’s off to a promising start for mixed doubles shuttlers Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing in the Indonesian Masters as they move on to the second round yesterday.
Having defeated Indonesians Riky Widiannto and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-17, 24-22, the pair will face Indonesia’s Afiat Yuris Wirawan-Nadya Melati for the first time tomorrow.
“There was pressure in the second set as it was point for point against Riky and Gloria, but thankfully we managed to pull through despite the nerves,” said Tan.
“It will be our first time competing against Afiat and Nadya, hopefully this will give us an upper hand with the element of surprise,” said the National Circuit Second Leg title holder.
Junior singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei will also make her first appearance today in the tournament against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.
The 16-year-old is ready and focused to gain revenge against the 95th ranked Indonesian who beat the Penangite to the Badminton Asia Junior Championships title in July.
“I will play better than I did then, I’m ready mentally this time,” said the junior world champion.
“I need to keep with the momentum I’ve build from all my previous tournaments.”
Meanwhile, 69th ranked Ho Yen Mei will have her work cut out for her as she meets Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan in the first round today.
Ho said it is important to be mentally and physically prepared for the match if she is to produce a good fight against the top seeded.
“Both aspects are equally important to play every round, but she is more of a skilled player,” said the 20-year-old.
“I got to prepare for her shots, just be calm and fast in the court to be able to retrieve her attack,” she said.