Tine Baun’s final tournament ends on finals day after her toughest match of the week ended with a victory over Sung Ji Hyun after a 76 minute marathon in their semi final. The remaining four events all have Chinese interest even with countless seeds crashing out before Sunday.
Chen Long Holds Of Jorgensen
Chen Long like Tine Baun had the toughest test of his title credentials to date with a tough two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen, even though the 2nd seed did drop a game against Boonsak Ponsana. Lee Chong Wei had a first game scare against Saensomboonsuk before securing his place in the final and his 13th meeting gainst Chen Long. The Malaysia has won 7 of their 12 encounters but it was Chen Long that came out on up in their most recent match in late 2012 at the Hong Kong Super Series.
Baun Reaches All England Final For Fourth Time
Both of the finalists defeated higher seeded opponents in the semi finals, with Ratchanok Inthanon defeating Saina Nehwal in two games after her victory over Juliane Schenk in the last 8. Tine Baun defeated Sung Ji Hyun in her semi final to set up a 5th meeting between the two, with the 18-year old from Thailand winning the last two meetings at the latter half of 2012
Chinese Contingent In Doubles
China are guaranteed at least one title this week, with Wang and Yu taking on Cheng and Zhao in the women’s doubles final after the unseeded pair defeated the 5th seeded Ma and Tang on route to a meeting with the world number 1 pairing. The two pairings have met five times, but the last time was in 2010 before Zhao Yunlei teamed up with Tian Qing.
Liu and Qiu defeated their second seeded pair of the week, beating Ahsan and Setiawan in three games to set up a meeting with a third seeded pair in the final. Endo and Hayakawa defeated Jongjit and Puangpuapech to reach the final against the unseeded Chinese pair. The two pairs have played each other twice, with their most recent meeting in India going the way of the Japanese pair in three games.
The Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao take on the reigning All England Champions in the mixed doubles final with both pairs coming through their semi final against Indonesian opponents to set up a seventh metting with the Indonesian pair. The Indonesian pair won their previous meeting in the Denmark Super Series Premier in two games but the Chinese pair have won four of their last six meetings.
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