Mixed Doubles Final 85-min Thriller
The opening final set the tone at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open, with Malaysian second seeds Chan Peng Soon & Goh Liu Ying coming out on top over Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti (Indonesia) (5), in a marathon that took a ninth match point to decide, with the Malaysians winning it at the fourth time of asking, 21-14, 16-21, 29-27.
It was quite simply one of the most pulsating, engaging and brilliant matches ever seen at the tournament, one that had incredible changes in momentum, contrasting styles of play with the court craft of Chan and Goh against the power and brute force of Praveen Jordan.
In the end it was the craft and consistency of the Malaysians that won the day, with Goh Liu Ying emphasizing how much it means to taste victory in New Zealand in front of such an amazing crowd.
“Especially with the Olympic qualifying points, that was important for both pairs today. We are more experienced compared to them and we were down 1-3 and more at different times, we knew we had to stay stable and patient in those moments.
“We support each other, even when behind, we still never give up and keep going, this one is very important in our sport. Jordan is a powerful player, he is strong, we try to not let him dictate too much.”
Goh loved the noise of a near capacity Eventfinda Stadium.
“The atmosphere was great; it was the best day for us.”