PETALING JAYA: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying failed in their bid to become the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to win the All-England title.
The Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver medallists blew a good lead in the second game before going down 21-19, 19-21, 16-21 to fifth seeds Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong of China in a draining one hour and 26 minutes final.
World No. 8 Peng Soon-Liu Ying got off to a brilliant start and looked as though they were heading for a straight games victory when they raced confidently to a 17-13 lead in the second game before it all went wrong for them.
Fifth seeds Lu Kai-Yaqiong stepped up the pace to level at 17-17 and then pulled away for the win, no thanks to a few costly errors by the Malaysians.
The loss in the second game must have demoralised the Malaysians because they allowed their opponents to reel away to a commanding 6-0 lead in the decider.
But the Malaysians then woke up to stage a comeback but their opponents pulled out all the right moves to troop off as winners.
It was Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s fourth defeat to the Chinese pair. They lost three times to them – in the Korean Open and French Open in 2015 and the Australian Open last year.
Their best outing in the All-England was in the semi-final in 2012, when they lost to eventual champions Tontowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia.