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Chin and Wong on Fire for Malaysia

Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty made it a memorable tournament for host country Malaysian when they won the women's doubles title at the BWF World Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu.

Their victory gave Malaysia three of the five titles on offer after they also took gold in the men's singles and men's doubles.

Chin and Wong, the top seeds because the absence of top Chinese players, scored a 21-15, 22-20 victory over Indonesia's second-seeded pair of Vita Marissa and Liliyana Natsir to register the biggest victory of their careers so far.

It was a dominant performance from the Malaysias, who won Group B with three wins out of three.

The only time they were troubled at the group stage was when they were taken to three games by Indonesians Jo Novita and Greysia Polii, the seventh seeds.

Chin and Wong overcame an indifferent second game to win 21-12, 9-21, 21-18. In other group matches, they beat third-seeded Danes Lena Frier Kristiansen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-19, 21-17 and scored a 21-7, 21-10 victory over the German-Canadian combination of Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid.

As winners of Group B, they went into a semi-final South Korea's fourth seeds Ha Jung-ha and Kim Min-jung.

The Koreans gave them a major fright before Chin and Wong emerged with a hard-fought 14-21, 21-19, 21-17 win.

Marissa and Natsir also had only minor resistance as they won Group A. Their most difficult match was against Ha and Kim, who they beat 19-21, 21-15, 21-10.

Their other victories came against Holland's Judith Meulendijks and Yao Jie (21-14, 21-14) and Thailand's Duang Anong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul (21-16, 21-18).

The Indonesians faced their compatriots Novita and Polii in the semi-finals and they were able to overcome the sevenths seeds with relative ease, 21-19, 21-17.

For the winners Chin and Wong, their triumph gave Malaysia a timely boost at a time when they are looking for a younger set of players to carry the country's flag in future events.

Chinese women's doubles players pulled out of the tournament, along with the rest of the China squad, citing fatigue and the need to take part in a training camp.

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