Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan were well represented in today’s final day in New Zealand. The Indonesian pair of Anisa Wahyun and Anneke Feinya Agustine disposed of the top seeded Hong Kong pair 21-19, 21-17 to win the Womens Doubles final.
Hong Kong was guaranteed the Mens Singles title as both players represented Hong Kong. Top Seeded Yan Kit Chan beat his countryman in two easy games 21-9, 21-9 to bring Wing Ki Wong’s excellent tournament to an end.
Japan’s Sayaka Sato secured the Ladies’ singles after a relatively straightforward win over Maria Febe Kusumastuti in two games, 21-10 and 21-16. The Japanese had another chance to win a second title in the Mens Doubles, Noriyasu Hirata and Hirokatsu Hashimoto played top seeded Indian pair of Rupesh K.T. Kumar and Sanave Thomas in the final. After sharing the opening 2 games, the Indian pair took the 3rd set 21-13.
The Mixed Doubles was won by Indonesian pair of Fran Kurniawan Teng and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet 21-13, 21-19 to secure Indonesia’s second title at the NZ Open. Defeating top seeds Hoi Wah Chau and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama of Hong Kong.
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