Wong Pei Tty hasn’t given up hope of qualifying for the London Olympics even though she and Chin Eei Hui suffered a quarter-final loss at the Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton on Friday.
The Malaysians suffered a 21-19, 21-10 defeat to South Koreans Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung and now face an uphill task of clinching an Olympic ticket.
“We still have chance to qualify for the Olympics, even though it is going to be difficult. We won’t know if we don’t play so we are going to give it our best shot in the coming tournaments,” said Pei Tty.
“We had our chances to win the first game and maybe go on to reach the semis. However, after throwing away our lead, we could not bounce back.”
The Malaysians are currently ranked 16 in the world but younger teammates Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, who are five rungs below, have been playing better than them of late.
Meanwhile, fourth seeds Mami Naito-Shizuka Matsuo of Japan defeated Taipei’s Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 and will now meet Jung Eun-Min Jung.
“Even though we lost the first game, we were confident of winning. We knew we had to be patient and not lose focus. We have never beaten Ha and Kim before so we need to get working on some plans on how to do this,” said Naito.