PETALING JAYA: National mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying continued with their hot form by packing off fourth seeds Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong of China to reach the Indonesia Open final in Jakarta.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying won the semi-final contest against Siwei-Yaqiong, the reigning Malaysian Open champions, 21-18, 21-16 in 36 minutes yesterday to earn their first appearance in the final of the Indonesia Open.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying have a chance to earn a major breakthrough in their career when they take on the vastly experienced Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the today’s final.
Tontowi-Liliyana defeated fellow Indonesians Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-18, 21-8 in the other semi-final match.
It will be a rematch of the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro wo years ago where the Malaysian pairing lost tamely to the Indonesians.
Past records also do not favour Peng Soon-Liu Ying as they have only won once in 10 previous meetings against the formidable Indonesian pair so far. Their only previous win over Tontowi-Liliyana was in the China Open back in 2012.
However, Peng Soon-Liu Ying have nothing to lose this time and are in fiery form after having eliminated top seeds and world No. 1 ranked Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping 21-19, 21-14 in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying have already won two titles this year – the US Open last month and the Thailand Masters in January. They also finished runners-up in the Australian Open in May.
“We have nothing to lose. We will start as the underdogs as we are also up against their very strong home crowd support tomorrow.
“We will use the experience from beating the top China pairs to get ready for the final,” said Peng Soon.
However, there was no joy for Malaysian Open champion Lee Chong Wei. Japan’s Kento Momota dashed Chong Wei’s hopes of securing a back-to-back titles with a 23-21, 21-12 win in the semi-final last night.
Chong Wei went the distance in the first game but the effects of playing two tournaments in a row took its toll as he failed to recover in the second game.
Momota, who lost to Chong Wei in the Malaysian Open final last Sunday, will play Denmark’s reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen in the final today.
Axelsen overcame China’s reigning All-England champion Shi Yuqi 18-21, 21-14, 21-11 to set up a showdown with Momota.