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WORLD No 3 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are confident of bouncing back from their early exit in last week's German Open at the All England, which starts today with the qualifying round, in Birmingham.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying were the top seeds in Germany but lost their mixed doubles first round match to China's scratch pairing of Zhang Nan-Tang Jinhua.

National coach Jeremy Gan said Peng Soon-Liu Ying made a lot of mistakes in Germany.

"Liu Ying was slightly feeling uncomfortable because of a knee injury," said Jeremy yesterday.

"They have been training hard since then and have put the finishing touches on their game for the All England."

The third seeds, semi-finalists last year, play Thailand's Patiphat Chalardchaleam-Savitree Amitrapai in the first round tomorrow.

They are drawn in the same half of second seeds Ahmad Tontowi-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia.

Jeremy said they are looking good and should bounce back in the tournament.

In today's qualifying round, former Thomas Cup reserve Arif Latif and independent shuttler Tan Chun Seang are the Malaysian representatives in the men's singles along with Tee Jing Yi and Sonia Cheah in the women's section.

Second seed Arif takes on Ireland's World No 54 Scott Evans while Chun Seang, the World No 34, plays German Dieter Domke in the first round.


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