World champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan have clearly avoided any post-Basel hangover progressing to their seventh final of the year and fourth from the past five tournaments they have entered.
It was a tough first game with Li and Liu having an ideal opportunity to close it out at 20-17 up, but Ahsan and Setiawan turned the screw – and the speed of the play – to win five consecutive points to steal it 22-20.
That was a dagger in the heart to the chances of the Chinese as the second game flashed by in just 12 minutes, 21-11.
The only blot on the CV of the ‘Daddies’ this year – which includes victories at the All England Open and the World Championships – is their efforts against compatriots Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, whom they will face again in tomorrow’s final.
They are 0-3 against the Minions in 2019.
Interestingly, the losing streak against them extends even further – winless in their last seven dating back to February 2018.
A win in Changzhou will go part way to earning some redemption for their early exit at the World Championships last month.
Matsutomo/Takahashi play China’s Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan in tomorrow’s final.