Pearly-Thinaah score roaring win to keep hopes alive

PETALING JAYA: National women doubles shuttlers Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah proved again that they are fighters.

The duo revived their chances to enter the knockout stage of the World Tour Finals after sensationally shocking top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand with a 23-21, 21-14 win in a Group A match in Bali yesterday.

The world number 17 pair, however endured a slow start in the early stages of the first set, which saw them trailing 1-6.

They will now have to rise to the occasion again to beat Indonesia’s Olympic Games champions Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu to join South Koreans Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong in the semi-finals of their first Tour Finals.

And expect nothing but the best from the Malaysian duo today.

“The win against the Thais were important for us.

“It not only opened up the chance for us here but also gave us the confidence that we have been looking for,” said Pearly.

“We have been so close of upsetting top pairs in the past few tournaments but always failed at the last hurdle but today, we had a good finish.

“Thinaah and I are happy that we have slowly found our way back and hopefully we can keep this going.

“We have to beat the Indonesians to stand a chance to move forward. For now, we are just happy that we have regained our confidence.”

National women’s doubles head coach Chan Chong Ming was happy that his charges.

“They have come close several times and I understand their frustration but today they got it right and I’m sure that it will do them a world of good,” said Chong Ming.

Meanwhile, it was all over for mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing after their second defeat in Group A.

They went down 16-21, 10-21 to Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higa-shino yesterday.