The Chinese youngsters made their Tour bow at the Thailand Masters in late January before winning the Super 100 Ruichang China Masters three weeks ago.
And in their second Grade 2 event, having started in the qualifiers, the world No.81 pair went all the way, beating third seeds Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana in straight games (21-19 21-17) in the final.
“We were grateful for this chance to compete with our excellent opponents,” said the 19-year-old Liu. “(We were surprised) our levels were similar, there wasn’t a big difference between us. We train with some seasoned pairs so we were not afraid to play the Indonesians.”
Chen and Liu only came together in October at the Indonesia International Challenge. They bagged their first title – Vietnam International Series – a month later.
Chen, three years Liu’s senior, is convinced there is more to come from the duo.
“China have some experienced men’s pairs but we are not too bad ourselves,” he said.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I could win (at the start of competition) but I played my best and that proved enough. I’m very happy,” said the Indian after his 21-15 19-21 21-16 victory.
Marin, whose most recent title was the 2021 Swiss Open, has now won her last seven duels with her American opponent.
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