Semi final day in Paris seen two new Super Series finalists in Minatsu Mitani and Viktor Axelsen reach their respective singles finals.
Axelsen takes on Liew
It is an unlikely men’s singles final, as Viktor Axelsen takes on Malaysia’s Daren Liew. Jan O Jorgensen was Liew’s victim at the semi final stages with an impressive display of attacking play being simply too strong for the Dane. Axelsen defeated his second seed of the week, disposing of Kenichi Tago in straight games to secure his place in his first Super Series final.
Nehwal against Mitani in Women’s Singles final
The top seeded Nehwal was expected to reach this stage, unlike her opponent in tomorrow’s final who started the week with a victory against Jiang Yanjiao and has gone from strength to strength. Her stunning 21-7, 21-18 victory over Tine Baun was the story of the women’s singles to that point and a victory over another Japanese player, Eriko Hirose booked her place in tomorrow’s final. Nehwal has been impressive in her two most recent matches against Inthanon and Schenk and will go into tomorrow’s final as the undoubted favourite.
Ma Jin Into Two Finals
Ma Jin is looking for back to back titles in both the women’s and mixed doubles to follow up from her Denmark Open triumphs and has reached both finals this week. Ma and Xu are the top seeds in the mixed doubles and defeated Adcock and Bankier to set up a final against Bao and Qiu in an all-Chinese final. Her new partnership with Tang Jinhua hasn’t been beaten to date and defeated their team mates Bao and Zhong for the second week running at the semi final stage to set up a match against Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in the final.
Lee and Ko have bounced back from their opening round loss in Denmark to reach the final in Paris this week and take on the Thai pairing of Issara and Jongjit for the men’s doubles title. The 7th seeded Thai pair defeated Hong and Shen of China in their semi final whilst Lee and Ko won their all-Korean semi final against Kim and Kim to book their place in the final.