Chen Too Good for Marin – Malaysia Masters: Day 5

Chen Yu Fei set herself up for a fourth straight title with a 21-15 21-14 dismissal of Carolina Marin in the semifinals of the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020 today.

The world No.1, winner of the Fuzhou China Open, Hong Kong Open and HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, faces familiar rival Tai Tzu Ying in the final in a battle between the world No.1 and 2. The Chinese has a 2-14 record against Tai, but has been unbeaten in the last seven finals – including the All England, where she beat Tai in the title clash.

On the other hand, Tai has a solid record at events in Malaysia, having won four Malaysia Open titles. The world No.2 barely broke a sweat in a 34-minute rout of He Bing Jiao, 21-17 21-12.

It was once again Chen’s defensive abilities that wore down Marin, who uncharacteristically was off-target with her attacking shots. The Chinese was always in the right place and pressuring Marin, and her own half-smashes were sharp and always on target.

He Bing Jiao had no answers to Tai’s trickery.

Talking Point

“I think I did so many mistakes today, and when Chen Yu Fei plays the rallies, she doesn’t make any mistakes, she doesn’t give any easy points to opponents,” said Marin.

“I just need to look forward, I need to analyse what happened today and what I need to improve for next week. I’ve improved my game, I did so many things that I practised at home. With all those things, I feel happy, but of course I need to keep improving and be ready for next week.”

Other Results

  • Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu reached their first top-tier final, beating Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu in long-drawn semifinal, 21-19 18-21 21-19. They take on fellow-Chinese Du Yue/Li Yin Hui, who fought off Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida in another three-game battle.
  • The mixed doubles final will also be a familiar all-Chinese affair between Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong and Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping. Both Chinese pairs had little trouble in their semifinals – Zheng/Huang were through with Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in 28 minutes, while Wang/Huang took five more minutes against Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying.

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