It was the final that few people expected with Lin Dan returning, but few people will begrudge Gade a place in the final.
The world number 1 has been relentless in his route through to the final, his two game victory over Chen Long was his longest match of the week but was never in threat of dropping even a single game in his 21-17, 21-18 victory. Gade defeated the on-form Sho Sasaki who has beaten Lin Dan and Chen Jin on route to the semi final, but Dane has been been in excellent form this week and won with his biggest margin of victory of the week, winning 21-11, 21-14 to reach the final.
Saina Pushed To The Brink
Saina Nehwal’s recent events have been littered with tough openers, but this week she was given the chance to play her way into form and has delivered with a place in the final. Her toughest match was her semi final against Cheng Shao Chieh, who herself put out a pair of Chinese seeds to reach the semi final, but the Indian 4th seed was too strong, winning 21-14, 14-21, 21-17. Her opponent in tomorrow’s final is the 3rd seeded Wang Yihan of China, who has been very impressive this week in her route to the final. The Chinese player hasn’t dropped a game this week and defeated her team-mate Jiang Yanjiao in outstanding fashion in her semi final, winning 21-13, 21-12.
Indonesia’s Pair Of Chances
The men’s doubles will be an all-Chinese affair between Cai and Fu, seeded 3 against Chai and Guo, seeded 8. Both pairs came through their Indonesian opponents, with Cai and Fu defeating Kido and Setiawan in two games whilst the pair of Chai and Guo were pushed to the limit by Ahsan and Septano before winning in three games.
The unseeded Marissa and Melati booked their place in the women’s doubles final with a two game victory over Fujii and Kakiiwa in an impressive 21-12, 21-12 victory. They take on the top seeded Wang and Yu in the final, who were equally impressive in their 21-10, 21-12 victory over Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in the over semi final.
Ahmad and Natsir are also through to the mixed doubles final after beating the 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl in two games but also face the top seeded Chinese pair in the final. Zhang and Zhao defeated Chen and Cheng 21-17, 21-17 to book their place in the final, without the loss of a game this week.