Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing reached their first BWF World Tour final in three years after a great team effort to overcome Indonesian pair Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Mentari 21-13, 22-20.

The second seeds were in great form throughout this Super 500 event, winning all their three matches in straight games.

Their 46-minute victory in the semi-finals was one of great team effort, staying composed under pressure and striking at the right moments.

The first game started off in intense fashion, with both pairs trading points until Tan-Lai eased into a 11-9 lead at the interval.

That was the motivation needed to pull further away from the Indonesians, with Tan pulling the strings on the back court with a variation of shots, including a crisp cross-court smash which Mentari had no answer to.

The second game was a much closer affair as Rivaldy-Mentari improved significantly, matching the Malaysians point for point, until they took the lead for the first time in the game at 15-14.

It was Tan-Lai’s turn to remain composed under pressure, and they held their nerve even as they trailed 18-20, forcing two unforced errors for deuce to eventually come away with the big win.

This is the world number 10 pairing’s first final in three years since they made the Singapore Open final in 2019.

In the final, Tan-Lai face South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Eom Hye-won, who defeated compatriots Kim Won-ho-Jeong Na-eun 21-9, 21-15 in the other semi-final clash.

Past records favour Tan-Lai against their upcoming opponents, having beaten them twice in 2020 and 2021.