Second seeded Taiwanese duo Lee Yang (李洋) and Lee Jhe-huei (李哲輝) came from behind to beat Chinese rivals Zhang Nan and Lu Kai to win the men’s doubles title of the 2016 Macau Badminton Open Sunday.
The Lees pair, 20th-ranked in the world, had a tough fight with Zhang and Lu who, paired for the first time after the Rio Olympics, trounced top seeded Taiwanese pair Chen Hung-ling (陳宏鱗) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊鱗) in the quarterfinals Friday.
Lee Yang and Lee Jhe-huei ceded the first game to Zhang and Lu 17-21 after a losing streak, though they had managed to tie at 3-3 early in the game.
In the second game, the Lees led 5-1 before being tied at 17-17. They then scored 2 points before changing serve, and continued to scored another 2 points to claim victory 21-18.
In the third game, the two pairs seesawed until they were tied at 19-19. The Taiwanese secured the final 2 points to snatch the win.
It was Lee Yang and Lee Jhe-huei’s first entry into the BWF’s Grand Prix Gold, part of the BWF GPG Series that carried a total prize money of US$120,000 and took place in Macau’s Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion Nov. 29-Dec. 4.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel