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Peng Soon-Liu Ying break jinx to reach Malaysian Open final


Peng Soon and Liu Ying (left) will face Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the final. - Bernama

Peng Soon and Liu Ying (left) will face Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the final. - Bernama

SHAH ALAM: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying finally broke their winless jinx against world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China.

The Malaysian No. 1 stunned the top seeds 24-26, 21-15, 21-13 in a thrilling clash to reach the mixed doubles final of the Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open. It was Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s first win over the world champions in 10 meetings.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying, whose only Superseries success was at the 2012 Japan Open, will take on world No. 2 Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the final at the Malawati Stadium.

“We are proud and delighted with how we fought back after the opening game setback,” said Peng Soon.

“We failed to convert the two match points (at 20-18) and went on to lose it. But we went on court today well prepared. We also believed that we could beat them despite losing in all our previous nine meetings.

“We wanted to beat Zhang Nan-Yunlei for long time. Now we have finally done it although it took us 10 matches to do so,” he added.

Liu Ying was particularly impressive on the front of court, scoring crucial points in the 69-minute win.

“We were able to read their game. Once we managed to dictate the match, it really spurred us on,” said Liu Ying.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying are on now on a nine-match unbeaten run, having won their seventh international crown at the New Zealand Open two weeks ago.

World No. 2 Tontowi-Liliyana will, however, be another tough nut to crack.

The Indonesians have yet to drop a game so far. They cruised to a 21-18, 21-17 win over 2013 champions Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark on the semi-final.

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