Debutants Pearly and Thinaah still on cloud nine

Debutants Pearly and Thinaah still on cloud nine

20/3/2021 2:31:00 AM

Debutants Pearly and Thinaah still on cloud nine

PETALING JAYA: Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah had to pinch themselves to make sure they were not dreaming.

The world No. 22 defeated England’s Jessica Hopton-Jenny Moore 21-18,21-7 in the second round on Thursday to set up a meeting against fifth seeds and Japan’s world No. 12 Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida for a place in the semi-finals.In the first round, they stunned the higher-ranked and fourth seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand.

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Thinaah said it had been a dream debut.“It’s really unbelievable for Pearly and I to be in the quarter-finals... we are happy and excited, ” said Thinaah.“We get to challenge the world’s top players and what an experience it has been for us thus far.“We lost to the Japanese at the Asia Team qualifiers (in Manila) last year, so it will exciting to take them on again after a year.

“For us the end result is secondary, we just want to stay focused and enjoy ourselves.”For Pearly, the outing has boosted her confidence.“The first-round win was unexpected but we’re glad to be in the last eight. What precious experience we have gained so far.

“We will keep this fighting spirit going in the next match, ” said Pearly. Read more: The Star »

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