Second seeded mixed double avoids shocking defeatOctober 17, 2019 9:06
After a close match the second seeded Chinese mixed double Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dongping defeated Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Widjaja in the two pairs meeting at DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2019 presented by Victor.
For the third time in under a year Faizal/Widjaja and Wang/Huang met each other and once again it ended with a Chinese victory at 21-19, 16-21, 21-17.
Wang/Huang arrived at the match with fresh legs, because of an injury to the pair they should have met yesterday, while Faizal/Widjaja had to work hard to win their first round match.
However, the Indonesian double got off to a great start while Wang/Huang made some unforced errors and the world’s number nine, Faizal/Widjaja were suddenly leading 11-9. Despite the good start Faizal/Widjaja didn’t manage to shake the Chinese favorites who won the set 21-19.
The second set started as the previous with a terrific start from the Indonesian couple. Especially Faizal delivered some amazing smashes which led to a surprising big lead. Halfway into the second set Wang/Huang were trailing 6-11.
The fresh legs didn’t seem to help Wang/Huang much while Faizal/Widjaja continued with great play and extended their lead to 18-10. The surprising development in the match clearly frustrated the Chinese mixed double who had big problems dealing with the Indonesians. Deservedly, the second set ended with an Indonesian win 21-16 in a set where Wang/Huang did not have the lead once.
With a convincing win in the second set Faizal/Widjaja got into the crucial set full of confidence and again they got off to a great start. However, the Chinese favorites had no intention of giving up. The second seeded double took the lead after a few points while Faizal/Widjaja ran out of energy and they never managed to get back in the match which ended 21-16, 16-21, 21-17.