Sze Fei-Izzuddin stretch China’s world No. 3 pair before going down

But the world No. 28 deserved a pat on the back for going down fighting.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin did show they were no pushovers against their fancied rivals, especially in the second game where they stormed back to level the contest twice from 7-11 and 13-16 before saving two match points at 18-20.

Izzuddin said the pair could have stretched Junhui-Yuchen to the rubber game had they been more composed in dealing with the crucial moments.

In the semi-finals yesterday, Sze Fei-Izzuddin battled hard before losing 16-21,20-22 to world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China in 40 minutes.

The Malaysians went into the match knowing it would be a tall order against the 2018 world champions.

“We should have been more patient. We were too eager to go for the kill but ended up committing unnecessary errors.
“Overall we gave them a good fight, be it speed, skill or power. I thought we were able to match them. The difference is that they made less mistakes,” Izzuddin said.
The defeat was painful for the world no. 28 pair, who twice came back in the second game to force deuce against last year’s world champions.

They also played in the last-four stage at the Thailand Masters in January and German Open in March.

Source : https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/badminton/2019/11/03/sze-fei-izzuddin-stretch-chinas-world-no-3-pair-before-going-down