PENG SOON-LIU YING SLAY TOP SEEDS TO SET FINAL DATE

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia's No 1 mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying turned in a smashing performance against top seeded Chinese pair, Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei, to reach their second final in two weeks since winning the New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold in Auckland.

The Malaysians were pumped up, especially by the resounding home support, to extend their winning run here at the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open Superseries Premier. Their single-mindedness and sheer determination to succeed today made the difference. And after a 70-minute battle, they managed to defeat the world's top ranked mixed doubles pair 24-26, 21-15, 21-13 to make the final.

 

"It is so tough playing this Chinese pair. It has taken us 10 matches to register a win over them…it sad but it is also very satisfying to have finally won," said Peng Soon after the win. "Taking a set off the world champions would have been satisfying but to beat them and be in the final is something else.

"We prepared well and analysed their game. Good communication between us on the court is another contributing factor to our win," said Liu Ying adding that they are getting back their form that once made them No 3 in the world.

 

The Malaysian pair has another tough hurdle to clear in the final – against Indonesia's second seeds Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir who defeated 2013 Malaysia Open champions Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen, the sixth seeds, 21-18, 21-17.

 

The Indonesians hold a 6-1 lead in the head-to-head count over the Malaysians. Peng Soon-Liu Ying won their only match against the Indonesian in 2012 in the China Open.

 

Peng Soon-Liu Ying were the runners-up in the Malaysia Open in 2013 but hope to go one better in Sunday's final to give themselves the boost for the Rio Olympics.

 

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

 

Mixed Doubles

Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) beat Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 24-26, 21-15, 21-13

Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-18, 21-17

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