SINGAPORE: National mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing today squeezed their way into the Singapore Open final for a chance to end their 27-month title drought.
Kian Meng and Pei Jing last won a title in the Malaysian Masters in Jan 2017.
The unseeded pair prevailed over Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia, 21-16, 20-22 22-20 in a breathtaking 71 minutes semi-final match.
The victory was sweet revenge for Malaysia as the seventh seeded Indonesians took down national number one pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the quarter-finals and another Malaysian pair Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei in the first round.
Kiang Meng and Pei Jing will be meeting third seeds, Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand on Sunday who subdued top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China in the semi-final today.
“We began to build our confidence after the Malaysia Open,” said Pei Jing when met after the game.
The duo reached the semi-finals in the just concluded tournament.
“We didn’t think much. We just prepare for the toughest games but we are happy that we won again. This is really building more confidence in us,” she said.