It has been four months since Lin Dan took on Lee Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup and a year since their last Super Series meeting, but tomorrow arguably the best two players in the world go head to head in Japan.
Lee Chong Wei defeated the unseeded Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-18 to book his place in tomorrow’s final, having not dropped a game in his four matches and conceding just 85 points on route to the final. Lin Dan defeated Peter Gade in two games, winning 21-11, 21-19 to book his place in tomorrow’s final having also not conceded a game on route to the final, conceding 122 points on route.
The women’s singles final unsurprisingly is an all-Chinese encounter. Jiang Yanjiao defeated the resurgent Lu Lan in the quarter finals and then defeated the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian in two tight games to book her place in tomorrow’s final. The other finalist is the second seeded Wang Xin, who defeated Tine Baun in her semi final encounter as she looks to win her second Super Series title in 2 weeks.
Tomorrow’s men’s doubles final is a rematch of the world championship final in Paris last month, as Koo and Tan take on Cai and Fu in this week’s final. Both pairs came through their semi final matches in two games and they have only conceded one game apiece in reach the finals stage, both in their quarter final matchups. This is their 10th meeting, with Cai and Fu winning the previous 4.
The women’s doubles final is another all-Chinese affair, with the 5th seeded Wang and Yu taking on the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao. The 5th seeds have been truly impressive this week as they have failed to drop a game and have conceded just 69 points on the way to tomorrow’s final. The 3rd seeds received a first round bye and have only conceded a single game, in their three game victory over the top seeed Cheng and Chien in today’s semi final.
The mixed doubles is the third and final all-Chinese affair, with unseeded Zhang and Zhao taking on the 8th seeded Tao and Tian. Zhang Nan will hope to put his men’s doubles defeat behind him but his partner Zhao Yunlei is also playing in the women’s doubles final also. The 8th seeded pair have focussed purely on the mixed doubles and after surviving being match point down in the opening round, have gone from strength to strength in reaching tomorrow’s final without dropping another game this week.