Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing’s determined bid to win their first title in two years was stifled in the Singapore Open final.
The national No. 3 pair went down 14-21 6-21 to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
A disconsolate Pei Jing admitted that fatigue after going through a 260-minute of matches that include victories over Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino and Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Widjaja played a factor in the tie.
“Our opponents are on form and performed really well. They deserve the win.
“I’m not satisfied with our performance today. I feel very disappointed that we weren’t able to play a good match as we were totally fatigued in the final.
“We have a lot more to improve,” added Pei Jing.
With their defeat, Malaysia failed to defend the title as reigning champions, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai bowed out in the quarter-finals.
For the record, Kian Meng-Pei Jing’s last title win was in 2017 when they sealed the Malaysian Masters crown.
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