Finals day tomorrow promises to be a classic, with four days and four matches building up to finals day.
Lee Chong Wei (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Park Sung Hwan (Won 3, Lost 1)
Lee Chong Wei has been in outstanding form throughout the week’s play, winning all four of his matches in two games. His semi-final win over Peter Gade 21-17, 21-16 will make him the undoubted favourite for the title. Park Sung Hwan however is also in excellent form, beating Bao Chunlai in two games to set up Sunday’s final.
Wong Mew Choo (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Juliane Schenk (Won 3, Lost 1)
Wong Mew Choo has been the surprise of this year’s championships; she has beaten the top seed and has gone on to record three outstanding two-game victories to secure her place in the final. Juliane Schenk defeated top seed Saina Newhal in the semi final to book her place in the final and has put her only group stage defeat behind her to set up tomorrow’s final.
Carsten Mogensen / Mathias Boe (Won 3, Lost 1) vs. Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae (Won 4, Lost 0)
Mogensen and Boe defeated the Group A winners to book their place in the final after a group stage to Lee and Jung in their final match, a rematch of Friday’s group stage is set for Sunday, with the unbeaten Lee and Jung looking to secure a second win over the Danish second seeds in just three days. The Korean pair will go in as favourites, as all of their four wins have come in two-game victories.
Chin Eei Hui / Wong Pei Tty (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Lena Frier Kristiansen (Won 3, Lost 1)
The women’s final has a similar scenario to the men’s final. The Danish duo had to beat the Group B winners to book their place in the final after losing one group match, to their opponents in the final Chin and Wong. The Malaysian’s have failed to drop a game en-route to the final, including a 21-19, 21-15 win over the Danes on Thursday in the group stage.
Diju V / Jwala Gutta (Won 3, Lost 1) vs. Joachim Fischer Neilsen / Christinna Pedersen (Won 3, Lost 1)
The mixed doubles final is far from the final we expected, with both group winners losing out in the semi final stage. The Indian’s defeating the unbeaten Polish pair of Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk to reach the final, who beat Pedersen and Neilsen in the group stages. Clark and Kellogg won all three of their matches, including a win over the Indian’s, but lost to Neilsen and Pedersen in the semi final round. This is probably the most difficult final to predict with both couples in excellent form after their impressive semi final wins.
The group stages have been completed and eight have been whittled down four for the knockout stages.
Lee Chong Wei (Winner Group A) vs. Peter Gade (Runner-Up Group B)
Both were expected to win their group, but Gade’s loss to Park Sung Hwan forced him into a final match decider with Boonsak Ponsana to ensure qualification, which he won in a 3-game 66-minute thriller. Lee Chong Wei has had little trouble in his progression to the last 4, winning all three matches in just two games, winning 126 points and losing just 66 en route to the semi final stage.
Park Sung Hwan (Winner Group B) vs. Bao Chunlai (Runner-Up Group A)
The Korean won the group on a head-to-head against Gade and had his place secured in two matches, however his loss to Jan Jorgensen will give Bao Chunlai hope of a victory. The Chinese player had secured his place in two matches also, but an emphatic defeat to Lee Chong Wei will be difficult to bounce back from.
Wong Mew Choo (Winner Group A) vs. Jie Yao (Runner-Up Group B)
Wong Mew Choo surprised us all with her three-game win over Saina Newhal and has gone from strength to strength with two crushing victories to top Group A convincingly. Jie Yao had to win her final match to ensure her place in the last 4, a task that was done in two games. Her two-game defeat to Juliane Schenk does leave question marks on whether she will have enough to defeat Wong Mew Choo.
Juliane Schenk (Winner Group B) vs. Saina Nehwal (Runner-Up Group A)
Juliane Schenk comes into the semi-final on the back of a three-game loss to Salakjit Ponsana, not the best preparation for a match against the top seed of the event. Her previous two matches were routine two-game wins and will need to find that form again to beat Nehwal. The Indian top seed needed a victory in her final group match to ensure her qualification, two games and 33 minutes later and her place in the last 4 was booked.
Xu Chen / Guo Zhendong (Winner Group A) vs. Carsten Mogensen / Mathias Boe (Runner-Up Group B)
Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae (Winner Group B) vs. Mohd Fairuzisuan Mohd Tazari / Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (Runner-Up Group A)
The Chinese pair has been the surprise of the Men’s doubles draw, winning their group without losing a match, their match against the second seeded Danish duo Mogensen and Boe will probably be their biggest test to date.
The Korean pair have been fantastic in their progression to the last 4, winning all three matches in two games. They will be on a high after their two-game win over second seeded Mogensen and Boe to secure top spot.