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Yip Pui Yin still enjoys the game and has no retirement plan

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Yip Pui Yin still enjoys the game and has no retirement plan
2016-11-24

Yip Pui Yin still enjoys the game and has no retirement plan

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Hong Kong top player Yip Pui Yin lost to World No. 1 Coralina Marin by 0 : 2 in Women’s Singles second round of YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2016.  Yip was satisfied about her own performance. She is also glad that she has a break through and starts enjoying badminton again.

Yip gets her first victory after the Rio Olympics yesterday in round one. However, she failed to extend her win today. She was leading Marin in early stage of the match. However, losing patient and the pace of the game caused her the match. Marin came back from 10 :14 to a 21: 18 win. Yip played so hard and wounded her finger in the second game but she still lost the game by 16 : 21.

Yip describes herself the world’s oldest professional women’s singles player. She said, ‘although I have lost to Marin, I think I played better than yesterday, I have good control at the beginning. Coach Chan (former Hong Kong Team Head Coach) suggested me to improve my footwork and I did it today. To be honest, I am always afraid of Marin’s speed and strength. I am the oldest women’s singles player. I can’t always play aggressively. I was planning to retire after Rio Olympics. However, I find my new break through, I still have room to improve. I will set my target to world top 10 and hope to play in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.’

Hong Kong’s new pair Lee Chung Hei Reginald and Law Cheuk Him retain the momentum of their victories and entered top 8 of Men’s Doubles. They played 3 games with Malaysian pair Lim Khim Wah/Ong Jian Guo. Lee/Law won the first one by 21:14, lost the second one by 18: 21. In the final game, they changed the tactics and put on more speed and get their top 8 places by 21:13.

The pair has trained for only one month. Lee said, ‘We have a lot to improve and coordinate. We didn’t expect we can make it to top 8.’ Lee only plays Mixed Doubles before Hong Kong Open. Now he has to play 2 Doubles event, he is really exhausted. He said, ‘ I can play one day and rest the other day in the previous competition. Now I have to play 2 to 3 matches in one day. It’s really hard to adjust. I am eating a lot more than before.’ Lee will play against Zheng Si Wei and Chen Qing Chen of China with her partner Chow Hoi Wah later tonight.

Other results, No.4 seed Tai Tzu Ying beat Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky of Indonesia in a tough second round match. Tai lost in the game by 17:21 and have a nice come back of 21: 5 and 21: 13.

YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2016 will start at 12 noon tomorrow at Hong Kong Coliseum until November 27. Tickets are now available for sale at the URBTIX website (www.urbtix.hk). For more information, please call the ticketing enquiry hotline at 3761 6661.