National mixed doubles player, Chan Peng Soon, has stressed that even though he and his partner Goh Liu Ying are now professional players, but they still carry the same fight and tenacity to win and make the country proud. Pic by NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: National mixed doubles player, Chan Peng Soon, has stressed that even though he and his partner Goh Liu Ying are now professional players, but they still carry the same fight and tenacity to win and make the country proud.

Peng Soon also pointed out that they play with the motivation of bringing glory to Malaysia.

While there may be many who feel that the duo left the BA of Malaysia’s (BAM) stable to ease the pressure heaped on them as top national players, Peng Soon explained that the pressure is still the same even though they are now professional players.

“Whether we are national or professional players, the pressure that we feel and get remains the same. We still play to bring pride and glory to Malaysia and we always give it our very best to succeed in each and every tournament and championship that we take part in,” said Peng Soon when contacted earlier today (Thursday).

Earlier, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallist booked their slot for the quarter-finals of the Thailand Masters after they defeated Russian pair Rodion Alimov-Alina Dayletova in straight games, 21-18, 21-10 in slightly over half an hour during the second round in Bangkok.

The defending champions will next face Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya-Marsheilla Gischa Islami for a place in the semi-finals tomorrow (Friday).

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will take to the court tomorrow (Friday) with the mission of exacting revenge for another national pair, Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wen who went down fighting to the Indonesians 21-23, 22-20, 12-21 in the second round.

“We will give it out all tomorrow (Friday). We have never gone up against the Indonesian pair before this, so expect a tricky, challenging and exciting game,” said Peng Soon.

Meanwhile, young national men’s singles player, Cheam June Wei showed a high level of competitiveness when he bounced back from a loss in the first game to advance to the quarter-finals after defeating Thailand’s Pannawit Thongnuam.

He went down 14-21 in the first game, but he hit form to take the following games 21-17, 21-16 to advance at Thongnuam’s expense.

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