And with all their men’s pairs passing their last eight tests, the badminton powerhouse is assured of a title as early as Friday – the first time this has happened at the event since 2002, when Chinese players Zhou Mi, Zhang Ning, Xie Xingfang and Gong Ruina contested the women’s singles semifinals.
But today’s passage was hardly plain-sailing, as three of the pairs were pushed to rubber games.
On taking on Ahsan/Setiawan, Marthin said: “They are very disciplined and that explains their longevity. We want to follow their example but for this battle we will prepare just like we do when facing other pairs. Yes, they are our seniors but on court we always fight to win.”