Jakarta. Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir beat Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon and Peck Yen Wei in the semifinals of the 2017 Indonesia Open on Saturday (17/06), pitting them against the top-seeded pair from China in Sunday night's grand final.
The Indonesian pair, which won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, beat the Malaysians 21-13 and 21-14 in only 39 minutes at the Jakarta Convention Center.
"I played very well; we expect this good performance to continue in the final on Sunday, or to be even better," Tontowi said.
Tontowi, 29, and Liliyana, 31, said they will face current world number one pair Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen with nothing to lose, citing the same psychological approach that saw them win gold in last year's Olympics.
"We don't think about the title; we just keep focusing on our next game and build good communications with each other," Tontowi said.
"They are young and on fire; we must be careful," Liliyana said of Zheng and Chen.
Tontowi and Liliyana are the only Indonesians in the grand finals on Sunday.
Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China will face Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the men's doubles, while Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee of South Korea will play in the women's doubles final against China's Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan.
Sayaka Sato of Japan will play in the women's singles final against South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun, while Kazumasa Sakai of Japan will play in the men's singles final against India's Kidambi Srikanth.