CHIN Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty gave a fighting display to reach the women’s doubles final in the Super Series Masters Finals at the Likas Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Top seeds Eei Hui-Pei Tty played their hearts out to beat South Korea’s second-ranked pair of Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung 14-21, 21-19, 21-17 in a pulsating 53-minute semi-final match that had the crowd going through some anxious moments.
A sluggish Eei Hui was an easy target for the Koreans. Fortunately, she came alive in the decider to help Pei Tty send the Koreans packing.
Despite trailing 9-12 and then 12-15 in the decider, the gritty Malaysians never gave up and, with the home crowd rooting for them, hauled themselves back to turn the tables on the Koreans.
With the hard-fought comeback win, world No. 2 Eei Hui-Pei Tty will take on Indonesia’s formidable pair of Lilyana Natsir-Vita Marissa today.
The duo can expect another Herculean battle as they bid to get their hands on the coveted title and the lucrative US$42,000 cash prize that goes with it.
Pei Tty was delighted with their win but admitted they could have played better.
“It was not our best performance but we are glad we came through. We had difficulties adjusting to the windy condition in the stadium,” said Pei Tty.
“It is not an excuse because our opponents faced the same problem. But the crowd certainly played their part to motivate us. It was so noisy inside that we could not even hear each other.
“It will be tough against the Indonesians. We have lost three times to them. The only time we got the better of them was at the Japan Open this year. We’ve always had problems trying to kill their shots … so we will have to be extra patient.”
Eei Hui admitted that she would have to raise her game if Malaysia are to win the title today.
“I did not play well although it is better compared to the first two days,” she said. “I cannot repeat the mistakes against the Indonesians. I will have to play better.”
Lilyana-Vita, meanwhile, said they did not fear the Malaysians.
“They may be playing on home soil but we are not afraid of them. It will be an open game and we will go out to win this important tournament,” said Vita.