CHINA rode on the strength of youngster Ma Jin to spoil the party for world No. 1 Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold women’s doubles final yesterday.
The talented Ma Jin and partner Wang Xiaoli took only 29 minutes to tear apart the reigning Indonesia Open champions, winning a lop-sided match 21-9, 21-11.
With the victory of Ma Jin-Xiaoli yesterday, China went home as the biggest winners with three titles even though they were represented by relatively younger shuttlers.
The 21-year-old Ma Jin also won the mixed doubles title with Zheng Bo while the other success came from the 19-year-old Wang Zhixian in the women’s singles.
Ma Jin, however, was able to conserve energy for the women’s doubles event after their opponents in the mixed doubles final, compatriots Xu Chen-Zhao Yunlei, retired in the first game with the score at 5-5 after Yunlei twisted her ankle.
And it worked wonders for Ma Jin-Xiaoli as they displayed superb speed to bulldoze Eei Hui-Pei Tty.
Eei Hui agreed that they lost out on speed against the 2006 Asian and world junior champions.
“They were just too fast for us today. We have not played against them and they hardly gave us time to even read their game. We could not keep up with constant pressure from them,” said Eei Hui.
Added Pei Tty: “We were also slower than usual. But it is a good lesson for us before the world championships (in Hyderabad in August). We have to learn a different approach now to overcome their style of play. We will certainly return with a fresh assault for the world meet.”
Ma Jin was ecstatic.
“Our game plan was simple. The main thing we did today was to show great fighting spirit from the start. We worked together to find the Malaysians’ weakness. They were slow and it did help our game,” she said.
Ma Jin will now join the China team, who are in their 42-day centralised camp in Beijing.
Meanwhile, national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that the defeat of Eei Hui-Pei Tty had nothing to do with their lack of stamina, especially when the GP Gold was their third consecutive Open tournament.
“Their opponents had nothing to lose but the Malaysians came in with the pressure of being the world No. 1 and having just won the Indonesia Open,” said Rexy.
“They were also making a lot of mistakes. The good thing that came out of this defeat is that we now know where to work on. They have informed me on what went wrong in their defeat today. It is good that the players are talking to me and giving me their opinions rather than waiting for me to give my views.
“We will start afresh with our preparation for the world championships. Overall, Eei Hui-Pei Tty are on the right track.”