Sunday, November 15, 2009

First Final after Two-Month Absence

Hong Kong (11/14) - Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung cruise to Hong Kong Open final as they edged Indonesia's Alvent Yulianto and Hendra Gunawan out 21-15, 21-14 in 31 minutes at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. This is the Korean pair first appearance after their two-month absence because of Yong-dae's injury. And the world number two pair prove they have the quality of world class by achieving the final.

In the first set, Alvent/Hendra led 6-4 before the third seeds, Yong-dae/Jae-sung, turned back the points to be 18-13 and won the set 21-15.

The second set was like the first set when Yong-dae/Jae-sung was left 1-8. They chased the points and when it was 8-8, it became their turning point. After that, the 2008 All England champions always led the set, defeating Alvent/Hendra 21-14.

Yong-dae and Jae-sung will take on Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark. Paaske/Rasmussen progress to the final with a 13-21, 21-11, and 21-17 victory over eight-seeded Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah.

Tan Fook and Wan Wah failed to repeat their quarter-final successful win, blowing second seeds, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, out easily in just straight sets, 21-12 and 21-17. Although Tan Fook/Wan Wah controlled the third set 10-3 and 12-8, Paaske/Rasmussen equalized their score several times and even left them behind 21-17.

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