All-China mixed doubles final

Defending champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia were dumped out of the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open Superseries Premier after the No 2 seed were beaten in straight sets by No 4 seeds Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong of China in the semifinals.

The Chinese. who won this year's All England and India Open registered a rather easy 21-8, 21-16 win over the Rio Olympics gold medallists in 37 minutes to earn an all-China final against top seeds Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen.

Siwei-Qingchen had earlier beaten compatriots and fifth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui 21-19, 21-14 in a 38-minute match at the Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya, Kuching which has been drawing in the fans for the biggest badminton show in Sarawak.

Tontowi-Liliyana blamed tiredness for their defeat after Friday's late quarter-final match against Korea's Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung 16-21, 23-21. 22-20 in an energy sapping 63 minute match.

"It was past 1am before we went to bed. There was not enough rest for the semi-finals as we had to play in the morning session was too taxing for us. Our physical condition was below par and it affected our play," said Liliyana on the defeat.

However, the Indonesian pair did not take the credit away from their opponents.

"They played well against us. They have been playing well this year and are in top form. They won the All-England and the India Open." said Tontowi.

The Indonesians next head to Singapore. Winners of the Singapore Open three times are confident of bouncing back from the defeat in the Malaysia Open. They reached the semi-finals last year.

On the final against the top seeds, Lu Kai said: "We will give our best to win. We train together and know each others play but it is the final and anything can happen."


RESULTS (SEMI-FINALS)

MIXED DOUBLES

Zheng Siwei- Chem Qingchen (Chn) beat Zhang Nan-Li YUinhui (Chn) 21-19, 21-14

Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) beat Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 21-8. 21-16