Sat, 25 Sep 2021

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Speaking of their first-ever journey to the Olympics, the Chinese pair said that the Olympic atmosphere on-field, on the whole, might be not as heated as before because of the pandemic, but the stress and pressure have by no means diminished.

"We were trying to bring ourselves into the game in this opening match fully, but we're not in our best condition," said Zheng. "We hope that from the next game, we can bring out our best and quickly go into the game from the onset."

The two-time world champions said that all athletes share the goal -- how to mobilize yourself into play fully. "Since all of us haven't played (international) sporting events for a long time, we hope to do our utmost to strengthen our initiative," they noted.

The mixed doubles shuttlers will compete against the Dutch duo Tabeling Robin/Piek Selena on Sunday, and the quarterfinals will start on July 28.

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