PETALING JAYA: Unseeded Japanese pair Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo stunned Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-14,22-20 to qualify for the mixed doubles final at the 2021 All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Saturday (March 20).
Third seeds Peng Soon-Liu Ying were completely outplayed by Yuki-Misaki in the first game.
However, the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists adopted a more aggressive approach in the second game to take a handsome 11-3 lead at the interval.
But the Malaysians could not maintain the hot pace they had set and the Japanese pair levelled the score at 20-20 before going on to win 22-20.
In an all-Japan mixed doubles final, Yuki-Misaki will take on compatriots Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino, who beat England’s Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith in the other semi.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying emerged as runners-up in the 2017 edition of the All-England after losing 18-21,21-19,21-16 to China’s Lu Kai-Huang Ya Qiong.
The last time Malaysia tasted victory in the All-England was in 2017 when Datuk Lee Chong Wei overpowered Shi Yu Qi of China 21-12,21-10. — Bernama