Taipei, Taiwan's Wang Chi-lin (???) and Lee Chia-hsin (???) won the mixed doubles title at the New Zealand Badminton Open 2018 on Sunday, beating South Korean opponents Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yujung 2-1 in the hard-fought final.
The victory is Taiwan's first in the mixed doubles event in nearly 10 years.
Third seeds Wang and Lee defeated the fifth seeds in a thrilling match that ended 21-19, 14-21 and 21-19 in 65 minutes.
"Playing the Koreans was quite difficult, we have played them before and lost twice and we did not handle Seo's game well at all. He has always been tough to counter," the New Zealand Herald reported, citing Wang.
"Our focus was to play one point at a time, keep consistent and not try to finish the game in one shot. We had to keep going until the final point to beat them," Wang said.
"We now look to the Asia Games in Indonesia with great confidence, but we will take that one game at a time," he added.
Wang and Chen Hung-ling (???), who took the men's doubles title last year, will defend their title against second seeds Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto from Indonesia later on Sunday.
If the Taiwanese duo wins in the final, Wang will become the third Taiwanese player to claim both doubles and mixed doubles titles at the New Zealand Badminton Open, following Chen and Chou Chia-chi (???) who won their titles in 2008.
This year, the total prize money for the tournament, part of the HSBC BWF World Tour and one of 11 Super 300 events, is US$150,000.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel