What a time to be alive!
While our Malaysian men’s doubles badminton team have successfully made their way to the Rio 2016 men’s doubles semi-finals, our other Malaysian pair, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are well on their way to the mixed doubles final.
The duo defeated China’s Xu Chen/Ma Jin 21-12 21-19 in the semi-final match in 45 minutes, their 3rd win in 10 meetings. It was truly a historic moment for Malaysia as it marked our country’s first ever Olympics mixed doubles final. At the very least, Peng Soon/Liu Ying have cinched an Olympic silver medal for Malaysia.
“We still can’t believe that we are in the final. We had dreamed of this but to have actually done it is an amazing feeling. We knew we had a chance as the China pair were under as much pressure as we were. We told ourselves that we had to keep focused and minimise our mistakes,” NST quoted Peng Soon as saying.
“We constantly encouraged each other as we didn’t want to fail having come so far. The final will be another challenge as we lost to the Indonesians in the group stage but we will prepare well and give it our best,” Yiu Ling added.
With our mixed doubles after the semis. So proud of them. I told them, don't be satisfied with final. GO FOR GOLD. pic.twitter.com/K2CyWkZn4U
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) August 15, 2016
Peng Soon/Liu Ying will go head-to-head with Indonesian pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in the mixed doubles finals scheduled for Thursday (18th August) at 11:30pm Malaysian time.
Cheering you guys on from home, Peng Soon and Liu Ying! #MalaysiaBoleh 🙂