For the second year running, Huang Dong Ping charged into the Denmark Open final with a teammate she had been specifically training with for the tournament.
Well-known for her Olympic gold-winning partnership with Wang Yi Lyu, Huang combined with Feng Yan Zhe to waltz 21-9 24-22 past Supak Jomkoh/Supissara Paewsampran in their last four match at the Jyske Bank Arena.
Last year, playing alongside Zheng Yu in women’s doubles, Huang went all the way.
Asked how she keeps her consistency at a high level, Huang, 27, said: “Whoever I pair with, I give my all in training and matches. On court, I always exert myself to win. I have no secret.
“I’m so glad we could make the final because this is our first tournament as a pair. Our opponents made it difficult in the second game but we stayed confident and focused to win the match.”
While the opening game was breezy, Huang and Feng faced more resistance from their Thai opponents in the second.
“The key moment was at 10-10 when they started returning with stronger drives but we were able to keep pace. If we had not, we could have made easy mistakes. We came through that crucial period,” said Feng.
The final will see the unranked pair battle their much-fancied, third-seeded compatriots Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong, who defeated Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie 21-16 24-22.
Having played the world No.3 20 times, how will Huang prepare Feng?
“I have no advice for him. I’m sure he wants to challenge them as much as I want to. We will do our best.”