Hiroyuki Saeki and Kana Ito had the opportunity for an unlikely Japanese double in the singles today at the Polish International, however only one of the two succeeded in their quest.
Hiroyuki Saeki’s 11th match of the week seemed to be a bridge too far against Pablo Abian of Spain, with the Spaniard in excellent form after defeating Peter Mikkelsen and Joachim Persson to reach the final. After a close opening to the first game, Abian pulled out a lead and stretched out his advantage and won the opening game 21-12, with 13 smash winners.
The momentum was still with the Spaniard and took a commanding lead in the second game after stringing a streak of 7 points to take an 11-2 lead at the interval, Saeki remained competitive in the second half of the game, but Abian took the second game 21-10 and the title.
Kana Ito played her 7th match in 4 days, winning the previous 6. Her opponent in the final was 4th seeded Chan Tsz Ka of Hong Kong, who was also in the women’s doubles final too. However, Ito was unfazed by the stage she was on and dominated the opening game, winning it 21-14. The Japanese women continued her excellent form in the second game, before a spirited comeback from Chan levelled the score at 18-18, only for Ito to serve out for the match and take the match 21-14, 21-18.
Chan Tsz Ka’s second final was the same result as her singles, losing 21-18, 16-21, 10-21 to the top seeds Sari and Yao of Singapore. It was a bad day for another Hong Kong pairing, the top seeds in the men’s doubles, Wiratama and Wong lost to 2nd seeds Ivanov and Sozonov 17-21, 21-14, 14-21. Russia took a second title in the mixed doubles as Ashmarin and Prokopenko defeated the Singapore pairing of Triyachart and Yao 21-12, 21-17 in Sunday’s last match.