Leung Chu-yan and Cheung Yuk's charge to the final of the Panasonic China Open in Wuxi, Jiangsu province was a case of bad timing, according to men's coach Chan Kong-wah. In the first tournament since Athens, Leung and Cheung matched the achievement of Hong Kong's silver medallists Ko Lai-chak and Li Ching, losing to the Olympic champions Ma Lin and Chen Qi. 'It's very good,' said Chan of the pair's run in Wuxi, which included a semi-final victory over China's vastly experienced Kong Linghui and Wang Hao. 'But it's just a little too late. It needed to be in Athens.' Leung and Cheung, who lost Sunday's final 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10, were seeded fifth in Athens, two places behind Ko and Li, but lost in their opening round to Russia's Dimitrij Mazunov and Alexai Smirnov. 'I expected that they'd also get a medal, not gold, but maybe a bronze,' said Chan. 'They were unlucky to lose their first game. Cheung had no singles matches and it was very difficult to be in Athens for one week and then have to play in such a high pressure game.' Chan, however, gave credit to the pair for bouncing back so quickly from their Olympic heartbreak. 'They've always been world class and beating Kong and Wang is a very good result. I think Leung and Cheung are considered dangerous by all of the other teams. They're just not as consistent as Ko and Li.' Ko and Li, Hong Kong's only Athens medallists, skipped the China Open to join the post-Olympic celebrations and will rejoin the rest of the SAR's squad in Jilin province this week, for the Volkswagen Open in Changchun. The priority is to get both men's pairs into enough Pro Tour events to become eligible for the professional game's end of year jamboree - the Pro Tour Finals - which are being held this year in Beijing in early December, and to find a way to end Ma Lin and Chen Qi's dominance. 'It's not that they don't like Hong Kong, it's just they like money more,' Chan Kong-wah joked of Ma and Chen's dominance over the SAR's pairs. 'We have to try and beat them some time this year. We have to play quick against them and show more confidence. The most important thing is the mentality. We've lost to them so many times that in the important moments we don't really believe [we can win].' Ma, incidentally, rebounded from his fourth-round Athens defeat to Swedish veteran Jan-Ove Waldner, by winning the China Open singles title, defeating Olympic silver medallist Wang Hao 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-3. In the women's events 17-year-old sensation Cao Zhen confirmed her 'rising star' status by maintaining her 100 per cent record in Pro Tour events. The winner of both the singles and doubles in her only previous tournament - the 2003 Malaysian Open - Cao amazingly repeated the feat in Wuxi. Having accounted for Hong Kong's Tie Yana and Zhang Rui in the earlier rounds, Cao, a beaten semi-finalist in last year's World Junior Championships, eliminated Olympic champion Zhang Yining in the semi-finals before whitewashing Wang Tingting in the title match 11-3, 11-4, 11-4, 12-10. In the women's doubles Hong Kong's Tie and Song Ah-sim lost in the semis to Cao and Li Xiaoxia, who beat Fan Ying and Wang Tingting in the final 11-7, 11-9, 14-12, 11-4.