It was a hurdle too high for Malaysia's No 2 mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing when they stumbled in the semi-finals in the USD350,000 OUE Singapore Open at the Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on Saturday.
The eight seeded Malaysians simply lost focus after winning the first set against Thailand's unseeded Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a 66-minute battle and lost 18-21, 21-11, 21-14 and failed to reach their first superseries final.
The Thais accomplished their mission of making their first superseries final and will play China's Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong, the number three seeds who overcame a tough 55-minute match against Koreans Kim Gi-jung-Shin Seung-chan 16-21. 21-17, 21-12.
The defeat of the mixed doubles ended Malaysia's campaign in the Singapore Open.
Meanwhile it will be an all-India men's singles final between K. Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth after they brushed aside their respective opponents in the semi-finals with comparative ease.
In the process the duo created badminton history as India became only fourth nation and join China, Indonesia and Denmark as the only countries to have players from the same country featuring in a superseries final.
Sai Praneeth was first to make the final with a 21-6, 21-8 whitewash of Korea's Lee Dong Keun while Srikanth followed with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Indonesian youngster Anthony Ginting.
World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan and world No 2 Carolina Marin of Spain will battle for the women's title in a repeat of last week's final in the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open in Kuching. Tzu Ying beat Olympic and world champion Marin in the Malaysia Open.
In the semi-finals top seed Tzu Ying beat former Singapore player China-born Zhang Beiwen 21-19, 21-15. Marin who failed to win any superseries title last year and is also winless this year, gunned down second seeded Sung Ji-hyun of Korea 21-8, 21-12.
B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) beat Lee Dong Keun (Kor) 21-6, 21-8
K. Srikanth (Ind) beat Anthony Ginting (Ina) 21-13, 21-14
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto (Ina) 15-21, 21-10, 21-16
Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) beat Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) 11-21, 21-11, 21-14
Tai Tzu Ting (Tpe) beat Zhang Beiwen (US) 21-19, 21-15
Carolina Marin (Spn) beat Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-8, 21-12
Kamilla Ryttter Juhl-Christina Pedersen (Den) beat Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 28-26, 21-11
Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) beat Junh Kyunh-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) 21-17, 21-1
Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) beat Kim Gi-jung-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) 16-21, 21-17, 21-12
Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) beat Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 18-21, 21-11, 21-14