World No. 1 Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang beat Chinese compatriots Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting to clinch their third women’s doubles All-England title at the National Indoor Arena on Sunday. - AFP
BIRMINGHAM: World No. 1 Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang demonstrated their prowess as one of the most feared women’s doubles pair in the world by clinching their third All-England title at the National Indoor Arena.
In a rare high-octane match between two China pairs, Xiaoli-Yu Yang edged Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting 21-17, 18-21, 23-21 in Sunday’s final.
Xiaoli-Yu Yang started strongly in the first game and they capitalised on the mistakes made by 20-year-old Yuanting, who was playing in her third tournament with Ma Jin.
Yuanting, however, recovered her composure in the second game. Spurred on by words of encouragement from Ma Jin, the duo edged the favourites to force a rubber.
It was neck-and-neck in the third game but Xiaoli-Yu Yang used their vast experience to win the match.
“It was a tough match, but I’m glad to win the title again,” said the 25-year-old Xiaoli who partnered Yu Yang to the All-England doubles title in 2011 and 2013.
“The All-England is one of the best tournaments in the world apart from the Olympics and World Championships. The pressure was on us right from the start as everyone here was after our scalp. This win is a result of our hard work,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan finally ended Indonesia’s drought in the men’s doubles by beating Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-19, 21-19.
Sigit Budiarto and Candra Wijaya were the last Indonesian winners in 2003.