The Asian monopoly on finals day was thwarted by an unlikely British presence in the mixed doubles final, with the likes of Lee Yong Dae and Lin Dan on show there was Robert Blair and Gabrielle White to boost British hopes ahead of the All-England’s next week.
Lin Dan’s recent form has been a throwback to his all-conquering days of a few years ago, defeating Lee Chong Wei in Korea 5 weeks ago and his two game victory this week over team-mate and current world champion Chen Jin 21-19, 21-11. The Olympic champion will be the undoubted favourite going into the All-England’s to claim his second Premier Series title of the year.
Liu Xin made it a pair of singles titles for China as she defeated Ayane Kurihana in the longest match of the day, winning in three games 21-13, 15-21, 21-9. Lee and Jung took the men’s doubles title in an all-Korean final against Kim and Kim in a three game match and will be one of the favourites next week to claim a second title in two weeks.
Japan did claim one title this week, with Fujii and Kakiiwa defeating the Korean pair of Ha and Kim in a very one-sided affair, winning 21-6, 21-14 in a little over half and hour. Robert Blair and Gabrielle White took the mixed doubles title against the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota, after dropping the opening game they fought back to take the title 16-21, 21-16, 21-15.
Lin Dan has been in ominous form this week in preparation for the All England Championships and has reached his second final of the year, where he will take on the 2nd seed and current world champion Chen Jin.
Lin Dan had little problem defeating the 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana in a 21-11, 21-11 match to book his place in the final. Chen Jin was in excellent form also in his victory over Park Sung Hwan in a one sided 21-14, 21-7 match. The women’s singles final has also got Chinese interest in the 5th seeded Liu Xin who takes on Japan’s Ayane Kurihana, who defeated Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong in a two game matchup.
Lee and Jung progressed safely into the final of the men’s doubles with a superb 21-11, 21-9 victory over the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan in just 27 minutes. They will have Korean opponents in the final but not the likely finalists after Ko and Yoo’s defeat to the unseeded Kim and Kim in a three game match to set up the all-Korean final. Korea also has interest in the women’s doubles final, with Ha and Kim defeating the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito in a tight two game victory and set up a final against the 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa who defeated Kim and Kim of Korea in a 21-14, 21-13 victory.
The all-British semi final in the mixed doubles went the way of the higher seeded Blair and White, who defeated Bankier and Adcock in a 21-17, 21-17 victory to book their place in the final where they will take on the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota who defeated the 3rd seeded Thai pair of Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul in a tight two game match.