Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying reach Australian Open final

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Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying one win away from the Australian Open title. (photo: Viktor Van)
Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying one win away from the Australian Open title. (photo: Viktor Van)

Sydney: The Malaysia’s mixed double pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying was only one win away for their second title of 2018 after confirming a spot in the Australian Open final on Saturday.

The 2016 Olympic silver medalists made it through the final after defeating Chinese pair Wang Zekang/Li Yinhui 21-16, 25-23 in the last four.

Goh felt glad that she and Chan Peng Soon have regained their momentum after struggling with some ups and downs earlier this year.

“We played well today. However, the second set was paused momentarily because the lighting went out at the badminton court. That interrupted our rhythm which also allowed our opponents to regain their confidence,” said Goh.

“Our opponents had three chances to force the decider, but we managed to overcome the Chinese pair and to qualify for the final,” added Goh.

“Of course, we would like to win the championship after we’ve made it to the final.”

Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, who won the Thailand Masters title in January of 2018, will take on South Korea’s Seon Seung-Jae/Chae Yu-Jung in the final.

“We have never met them before, because they are a new pair. But we will make the best preparation possible to ensure the victory,” said Goh.

In men’s singles, Lu Guangzu and Zhou Zeqi will set up an all-Chinese final after both emerged triumphant in their respective semi-final matches.

Unseeded Cai Yanyan of China stunned No. 3 seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong 21-19, 21-11 to face Japan’s Ayumi Mine final. Mine outlasted teammate Minatsu Mitani 21-17, 21-17 in the women’s singles final four.

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