The Semi Final matches for the NZ Open took place on Friday night, with play starting on both courts at 6pm local time. Few would have predicted the quickness of the matches as the two courts seen less than three hours playing time for the five matches on their respective courts.
2nd Seed Megumi Taruno narrowly lost our to 4th seeded Maria Febe Kusumastuti in two matches, however the other ladies semi final would guarantee a Japanese woman in the final as Sayaka Sato played Eriko Hirose.
Hirose had beaten top seeded Yip Pui Yin to reach the Semi Final stage but Sato had too much today, beating Hirose 21-16, 21-8 to reach tomorrows final. There was more Japanese success in the Men’s Doubles as Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata booked their place in the final with a three set win over Fernando Kurniawan and Lingga Lie.
The men’s singles is an all Hong Kong affair as Yan Kit Chan and Wing Ki Wong booked their place in the final in straight sets. Hong Kong also have another chance of success in the Mixed Doubles, with top seeded Hoi Wah Chau and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama progressing to the final.
New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws