Photo credit: Tang Shi
With a long and close women’s double final the contrast was quite big as the mixed double final followed right after. Gold and silver was decided in just half an hour.
It’s less than a month ago that China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong won the World Championships back home in Nanjing. Yesterday they won the semifinal against reigning Olympic Champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia to qualify for the Asian Games final. Here they were up against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet from Hong Kong who eliminated the silver medalists from the World Championships yesterday, Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, also China. It looked like it could be a very interesting final today.
First game proved something else though. It was full speed forward for the Chinese duo. A Chinese one-way street so to speak. In only 13 minutes Zheng and Huang had taken first game 21-8 and things really had to change if the Hongkongers should have a chance.
Tang and Tse did improve in second game and they did also have a 3-point lead on the way but little did it help. The World Champions were simply too strong today. Everything was settled in just 30 minutes as Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong won second game 21-15.
This surely is a big disappointment for Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet though they are certainly also filled with pride of having been in their first ever Asian Games final. The silver today and their bronze medal from the World Championships in beginning of August are definitely a proof they belong in the very top of the world. Today just wasn’t their day.
Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong on the other hand have had an extremely good month. 22 days ago they claimed the World Championship title. Today they can add the Asian Games title to their resume. Not a bad month at all…
Big congratulations to Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong!
Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, China vs. Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Hong Kong 21-8 21-15 (30 min)
Gold: Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, China
Silver: Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Hong Kong
Bronze: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Indonesia and Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, China