European hopes lay solely with Juliane Schenk after Viktor Axelsen lost out to China’s Wang Zhengming at the semi final stages.
Wang Takes on Ponsana
Some people will question the value of this Super Series title with many of the top 10 opting out so close to the Olympics, but Wang Zhengming and Boonsak Ponsana will play in tomorrow’s final for the title. Wang Zhengming defeated Viktor Axelsen comfortably in two games, whilst Boonsak Ponsana needed three games and 70 minutes to end the run of Tien Minh Nguyen.
Juliane Schenk takes on Cheng Shao Chieh in the women’s final, with Schenk needing 82-minutes to defeat Sung Ji Huyn in her semi final. It will be their ninth meeting, with Cheng Shao Chieh winning five of their previous eight encounters but Schenk took the most recent match between the two in Korea at the start of the year.
Cheng Going For Two Titles
Cheng Wen Hsing has two shots at titles in the women’s and mixed doubles finals. She takes on the Chinese pairing of Bao and Zhong in the women’s doubles final with Chien Yu Chin, but their head to head against the Chinese pairing has seen them their only matchup in Japan last September.
Cheng’s mixed doubles opponents are a pair that her and partner Chen Hung Ling have an excellent record against. Chen and Cheng have defeated Ikeda and Shiota in all four of their previous meetings with the most recent victory coming at the Super Series finals at the end of 2011.
Ko and Yoo take on Kido and Setiawan in the men’s doubles final, with the Indonesian’s hoping that a Korean pair doesn’t defeat them for the second week running. The head to head between the two pairs is evenly matched at 2 matches all, with their last meeting in Denmark nine months ago going the way of the Indonesian pairing.