All-England: End of the road for Peng Soon-Liu Ying as they go down in straight sets to Japanese pair

Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon (L) and Malaysia's Goh Liu Ying (2L) return to Japan's Yuki Kaneko (R) and Japan's Misaki Matsutomo (2R) during their mixed doubles semi-final match on day four of the All England Open Badminton Championship at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, central England, on March 20,2021. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS/ AFP)

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

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