At DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2024 today, the Chinese third seeds defeated Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai to qualify for their third title match of the nascent season. It was also the world No.6s’ first win over the Thais after four straight defeats dating back to September 2022.
“We used our previous experience of playing this pair to find the right solutions. You can say we learned from those losses,” said Zhang after their 21-12 12-21 21-14 victory. “We tried to overcome the challenges and get the pace and shuttlecock control right.
“We also watched their quarterfinal match (against Li Wen Mei/Liu Xuan Xuan) to pick up on things to prepare for this match.”
Zhang/Zheng are the only players to make the final of all three tournaments in the new HSBC BWF World Tour season. However, they were runners-up at both the Malaysia and India Opens.
Asked if this was the most confident they have felt as a pair after such a strong start, Zheng replied: “Yes. And we will try to become champions this time.”
Zhang/Zheng’s final opponents are young compatriots Liu Sheng Shu/Tan Ning. Their head-to-head stands at 2-2, with Liu/Tan winning their most recent clash in the Malaysia Open final two weeks ago.
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