GEORGE TOWN: Shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing aims to end their dream run at the Malaysian Masters with a maiden title.
The Malaysians pulled off an unexpected victory when they upstaged their seniors and eighth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-17, 21-16 to reach the mixed doubles final at the SPICE Arena in Relau.
Playing in only their fifth international tournament, Kian Meng-Pei Jing combined well to shock the Malaysian No. 1 in 47 minutes.
“It’s like a dream,” said Pei Jing. “We came through the qualifying tournament and never thought that we would come this far.”
Kian Meng-Pei Jing will take on Zheng Siwei-Li Yinhui of China in Sunday’s final.
Pei Jing added: “It feels great to upset our seniors. They were under more pressure than us.
“I reached the final once with my former partner Tan Aik Quan. Hopefully, I can go one step better with Kian Meng by winning the title.”
The 21-year-old Kian Meng thanked Morten Frost, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director, for converting him to a doubles player. Frost made Kian Meng switch from singles to doubles six months ago.
“My best result in the men’s singles was reaching the quarter-finals of the Korean Open Grand Prix. But in my short stint in the mixed doubles, I have reached my first-ever final ... this is unbelievable,” he said.
Peng Soon, who was troubled by a stomach ailment, was disappointed for failing to live up to expectations.
“Credit to Kian Meng-Pei Jing for playing well today. We’re happy for them. Liu Ying and I now need to bounce back quickly,” said Peng Soon.World No. 15 Peng Soon-Liu Ying’s next assignment is the Indian Grand Prix Gold, which begins in Hyderabad on Wednesday.