Mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon was overjoyed to welcome the birth of his fourth child on Sunday, and credited his big family for contributing immensely to his well-being and spurring him to work harder on court.
The world number seven said the arrival of his baby girl, whom he and wife Cham May May named Leah, was a pleasant surprise.
“My plan was only to have three. This baby girl is definitely a gift from god.
“I am so excited even though this is my fourth kid. I was at the hospital the whole night and my wife delivered at 5am. I was beside her the whole time,” said Chan, who now has two boys and two girls.
His other kids are Milton (8), Hannah (4) and Julian (1).
The shuttler also paid tribute to his wife for being a rock in the family whenever he is away for tournaments.
“I definitely can’t do it without my wife. Even when you are playing you won’t be at peace. I am determined to continue my career, and having my family is an inspiration for me to work harder,” he said.
The postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be a chance for Chan and badminton partner Goh Liu Ying to pick up the pieces once the season resumes.
The pair have been below par this year, with only one semi-final appearance at the Malaysian Masters to show for.
Before that, Chan had suffered a facial paralysis, which saw the left side of his face swollen late last year.
He recovered just before the 2020 season resumed but could not find his form with Goh.