Kian Meng-Pei Jing fail to win Singapore Open title


Kian Meng and Pei Jing in action during the recent Malaysian Open.

Kian Meng and Pei Jing in action during the recent Malaysian Open.

PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing failed in their bid to win their first international title in two years.

The mixed doubles pair, who won the Malaysia Masters in 2017, fell 14-21, 6-21 to Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the Singapore Open final on Sunday (April 14).

Kian Meng-Pei Jing had no answer to the aggressive play of the Thai third-seeded pair, who took just 33 minutes to seal victory.

The unseeded Kian Meng-Pei Jing reached the final with a hard-fought 21-16, 20-22, 22-20 semi-final victory over seventh seeds Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia on Saturday.

Their Thai counterparts stunned world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong of China 24-22, 21-19 in the other semi-final match.

With their defeat, Malaysia failed to retain the Singapore Open mixed doubles title as defending champions Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie were eliminated in the quarter-finals.