Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, failed to advance to the China Open Superseries Premier final in Shanghai on Saturday.
Tontowi/Liliyana were defeated by the Malaysian pairing of Chang Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, losing in straight sets 19-21, 14-21, kompas.com reported. The Malaysian shuttlers had previously subdued another Indonesian doubles pair Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili at the quarterfinals on Friday with 21-16 21-18.
Many considered the failure tragic, especially considering Chan/Goh had never won over the world No. 3 mixed pair Tontowi/Liliyana, who brought home the All England title in March 2011 and the 2012 Swiss Grand Prix Gold.(iwa)