The unlikely local story came good with Sari and Yao winning the Women’s Doubles, beating Kim and Lee of Korea in two games 21-17, 22-20. There was more unseeded success and Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei defeated the 8th seeded Bach and Gunawan of the USA in two games, winning 21-14, 21-15.
The top two seeds in the mixed doubles met in the final, in what could be a potential final in August’s World Championships in Paris. It was the 2009 winners Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, seeded 2 that defeated the top seeded pair of Natsir and Widianto in two games to take the title, winning 21-12, 21-15.
The women’s singles final had two players with stark contrasts of expectations, the top seeded Saina Nehwal was expected to get to this point and succeeded with wins over the current world champion whilst her opponent Tai Tsz Ying was happy to make it into the draw after coming through qualifying and an opening match victory over Eriko Hirose. The on-form Indian was too strong for her opponent on this day, winning 21-18, 21-15 and only dropping a single game on route to her title this week.
Two seeds also met in the men’s singles final, as the two players who put out the top two seeds met each other in the final. 7th seeded Sony Kuncoro defeated Lee Chong Wei at the quarter final stage whilst 4th seed Boonsak Ponsana defeated the 2nd seeded Peter Gade yesterday in their semi final. The match turned into the longest of the day at just 46 minutes and it was the 7th seeded Kuncoro who took the match in two games, winning 21-16, 21-16.
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the Major BWF events and Super Series events. Previous worked for The Guardian newspaper and was also featured in the New York Times during the London 2012 Olympics.