The Semi Final matches for the NZ Open took place on Friday night, with play starting on both courts at 6pm local time. Few would have predicted the quickness of the matches as the two courts seen less than three hours playing time for the five matches on their respective courts.

2nd Seed Megumi Taruno narrowly lost our to 4th seeded Maria Febe Kusumastuti in two matches, however the other ladies semi final would guarantee a Japanese woman in the final as Sayaka Sato played Eriko Hirose.

Hirose had beaten top seeded Yip Pui Yin to reach the Semi Final stage but Sato had too much today, beating Hirose 21-16, 21-8 to reach tomorrows final. There was more Japanese success in the Men’s Doubles as Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata booked their place in the final with a three set win over Fernando Kurniawan and Lingga Lie.

The men’s singles is an all Hong Kong affair as Yan Kit Chan and Wing Ki Wong booked their place in the final in straight sets. Hong Kong also have another chance of success in the Mixed Doubles, with top seeded Hoi Wah Chau and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama progressing to the final.

New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws

As we head into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix, a few countries are well represented. In the men’s singles Hong Kong has two remaining players as Yan Kit Chan and Wing Ki Wong face off against Kazushi Yamada and Andre Tedjono respectively. The unseeded Wing Ki Wong did well to upset England’s number one ranked player Andrew Smith in a lopsided match winning 21-9, 21-16.

In the women’s singles it’s Japan going strong with 3 out of the 4 remaining competitors. Eriko Hirose upset the top seeded Yip Pui Yin 21-11, 21-15 to book her place in the semis against her teammate Sayaka Sato. Meanwhile on the bottom of the draw Indonesia’s Maria Febe Kusumastuti will be facing the second seeded Japanese shuttler Megumi Taruno in hopes of upsetting Japan’s domination in the event.

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New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws

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