Mixed doubles – Straight through every step of the way
The fifth seeded and world #178 combination of Chae Yujung / Seo Seung Jae of Korea reached the final without having dropped a game.
World #46 and Malaysian Olympic silver medallists on the comeback trail Goh Liu Ying / Chan Peng Soon, seeded seventh, took a while to acclimatise to the dual left handed Korean opposition but strung together a thrilling rally to lead 11-9 in the second game interval while down the first. The Koreans gave it all they got in the energy stakes while the Malaysians refused to be intimidated in their defensive stances.
The Malaysians appeared to have the slight momentum to take the match into the decider until Goh’s short serve was faulted during her game point under the new rule of a maximum serve height of 1.15m. This fresh Korean combination won their first title together with another straight through performance, 21-12, 23-21.
Chan Peng Soon paid tribute to today’s champions, “The way Goh and I played wasn’t ideal but our opponents were really very good.”