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.
Two unlikely names have reached the final on Sunday, one in the men’s and the other in the women’s singles as the seeds continued to crash out on Day 2 in Poland.
Pablo Abian defeated his Spanish compatriot to set up a semi final clash with top seed Joachim Persson, with the Danish player not dropping a game to this point in the tournament. After a stunning opening game went 21-10 the way of the Spanish player, another shock was on in a week filled with them. The second game was tight in the opening part then Abian pulled out a lead and never released it, winning the second game 21-16 to book his place in the final.
Abian’s opponent in the final is Hiroyuki Saeki, an unseeded qualifier from Japan who had to play 3 matches just to make it into the main draw. Sunday’s final will be his 8th singles match in just 4 days. He defeated Christian Lind Thomsen in the second round and has never looked back, defeating another Japanese player Shuhei Hayasaki to book his place in the final.
There is a second qualifer from Japan in a final tomorrow, Kana Ito battled through two rounds of qualifying and defeated 3rd seed Rachel Van Cutsen in the second round, then another two victories today means that her 7th match of the week will be in tomorrow’s final.
Ito will play Chan Tsz Ka of Hong Kong in tomorrow’s final, the 4th seed’s route has been an easier affair that Ito’s but had to survive a 66 minute battle with Russia’s Olga Golovanova in the quarterfinal to progress, winning the match 21-23, 24-22, 21-19. The 4th seed will also take part in tomorrow’s women’s doubles final too.
Poland’s chances of a finalist lay in the hands of three potential partnerships, Wojtkowska and Szkudiarcyzk in the mixed doubles, seeded 4. They lost out in the quarterfinals after tamely losing to Triyachart and Yao of Singapore 21-9, 21-16. Cwalina and Moren had better luck in the men’s doubles, beating 4th seeded Chrisnanta and Triyachart in the quarterfinals, setting up a match against 2nd seeded Russian pair, Ivanoc and Sozonov. After taking the first game 21-9, expectations were high, only for the Russians to fight back and take the next two games and secure a place in the tomorrow’s final.
Wojtkowska paired up with her women’s doubles partner, Natalia Poczotowiak and defeated Choo and Wilson-Smith of New Zealand to book their place in the semi finals, they came up against the Hong Kong pairing of Chan and Chau, the 4th seeds and after leading most of the first game, let a 17-15 lead slip and lost the opening game 21-19. They never recovered from that and lost the second game 21-10 and ending Poland’s local interest in the event for another year.