# Pei Jing will quit badminton if her partnership with Kian Meng is broken up

# ‘Kian Meng has a fantastic attitude and hardworking’ – Pei Jing


Mixed doubles player Lai Pei Jing has undergone three partnerships but has found the rhythm with her latest partner – Tan Kian Meng.

With that came a strong message to the Badminton Association of Malaysia that she will quit competitive badminton if there is another change of partnership. Her earlier partners were Chan Peng Soon and Tan Aik Quan.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing marched into the mixed doubles semi-finals on Friday after a 21-10, 21-15 win over Japan’s Keigo Sonoda-Naoko Fukuman – a huge upset considered the Japanese is ranked No 28 in the world.

In the semifinals they play Malaysia’s senior mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who defeated Indonesia’s Hafiz Faisal-Shella Devi Aulia 21-13, 21-18.

“Reaching the semi-finals in Penang is a big boost to our partnership. I believe we have the chemistry to go far in our badminton career.

“We have found the rhythm and I hope the BAM will not change our partnership. If there is a change I will quit badminton,” said Pei Jing, who is certainly undergoing a new lease of life in her badminton career.

“Kian Meng is very hard working. More importantly he has a very good attitude both in training and tournaments. He is also willing to learn and that makes it more easier for us.”

The Kian Meng-Pei Jing partnership is hardly three months old and their performance in the on-going USD120,000 Victor Far East Malaysia Masters Grand Prix at the Spice Arena in Penang certainly augurs well for their badminton career.

“We came together recently and we have struck a fine understanding in our game. To reach the semi-finals here means we are on track to forming a formidable partnership in the mixed doubles.

“His (Kian Meng’s) attitude is a contributing factor. I hope we will remain together. I don’t want to change partners again.

As for Kian Meng he is a firm believer in commitment and hard work and said:

“If you give your best with commitment you will not feel tired (talking about the five matches he had to play on the first day of the tournament.”

Kian Meng, has given up playing in the singles and found his niche in the doubles – both mixed and men’s. In the men’s doubles his partner is Low Juan Sheng.

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