There was no Chinese New Year joy for Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik as they failed to make a breakthrough for a World Tour title after they lost in the India Open men's doubles final on Sunday.
Chia-Soh went down against Chinese pair Liang Wei Keng-Wang Chang 21-14, 19-21, 18-21 despite winning the first game.
The Malaysians should rue this miss, having also held a three-point lead in the deciding game as Liang-Wang opponents came from behind to pip them for the title.
The Chinese pair made a great start to the year, having also reached the Malaysia Open final last week.
For Chia-Soh, while defeat may deflate them having come so close to winning this Super 750 event, it was still a improvement from the dissapointment of last week.
The pair lost in the second round on home soil last week, which prompted national doubles director Rexy Mainaky to accuse them of playing "without soul".
To their credit, the world champions fared much better this time, beating last week's champs Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto to reach this final.
Meanwhile, there were two walkovers in the mixed and women's doubles.
Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino won the mixed doubles after Wang Yi-lyu-Huang Dong Ping retired, and it was the same for Cheng Qing Chen-Jia Fan who conceded the match to Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida.
In the women's singles, An Se-young avenged last week's final loss against Akane Yamaguchi as the South Korean came from a game down to win 15-21, 21-16, 21-12.