Asian Games: Koreans fitter than Pearly-Thinaah

HANGZHOU: Shuttlers Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah bowed out of the Asian Games women's doubles quarter-finals today when they ran out of gas.

Despite holding advantage after winning the first game, the Malaysian duo could not close out the match, losing 15-21, 21-11, 21-7 to world No. 2 Baek Ha Na-Lee So Hee of South Korea.

"We played well in the first game and our attacking game worked in our favour.

"But in the second, the Koreans found their rhythm, and got their timing right. They were more patient and it was hard to force them into making any error. This is something we need to learn," said Pearly.

The 2022 French Open champions also admitted that they were slowing down in the decider.

"Towards the end, we lost our energy," lamented Thinaah.

At the previous Jakarta edition, Malaysia failed to win a single medal in badminton. Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei were the last Malaysian women's doubles to win a medal at the Asiad, a bronze in 2014 in Incheon.

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