Saturday, September 26, 2009

Men's Doubles Title for Indonesia

Indonesia's Rian Sukmawan/Yonathan Dasuki appeared in their first Super Series final with a 15-21, 21-17, 21-17 triumph over 2005 world champions Howard Bach/Tony Gunawan in Japan Open. The unseeded pair will face their countrymen Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

The world number one players, who were absent for more than a month, moved into the final with a straight-set win over another Indonesian pair, Alvent Yulianto/Hendra Aprida Gunawan, 21-17 and 21-15.

In the mixed doubles, Indonesia failed to make an all-Indonesian final when their two pairs lost. Thailand's Songpol Anukritayawan and Kuchala Worawichitchaikul reached the final after a 21-18, 21-16 victory over Hendra Aprida Gunawan/Vita Marissa of Indonesia.

They will compete against Danish Joachim Fscher Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen who defeated Nova Widhianto/Lilyana Natsir in two sets, 21-18 and 21-12.

Japan's Only Hope

Women's doubles pair Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna become Japan's only hope to win the title when they made Korean Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung surrender in tough rubber sets, 19-21, 21-18, and 21-14 in 75 minutes.

This becomes the longest semi-final match. They will take on fifth-seeded Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli. Ma/Wang strived hard to win over Indonesia's Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda 18-21, 21-14, and Greysia/Nitya retired when the Chinese pair led 17-10 in the third set.

All-Chinese Final

Once again China made an all-Chinese women's singles as Wang Xin cruises to the final after an easy 21-15 21-17 win over compatriot second-seeded Wang Lin. The other Chinese player Wang Yihan vanquished Japan's Eriko Hirose in three sets, 18-21, 21-12, 21-9, in an hour and 4 minutes.

Men's singles semi-final result
Bao Chunlai (CHN) def. 8-Nguyen Thien Minh (VIE) 21-15, 21-16
4-Taufik Hidayat (INA) def. Simon Santoso (INA) 13-21, 21-12, 21-18

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