There was disappointment and euphoria in equal measure for the assembled crowd in Kuala Lumpur on finals day as they claimed just one of the two titles possible for Malaysia, but the title they did win was Lee Chong Wei’s sensational victory over Sony Dwi Kuncoro.
The day begun with victory for Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, who defeated the surprise finalist Yao Xue in two games in a match that should see the Chinese Taipei player jump back into the top 10 in the world rankings. The top two seeds met in the mixed doubles final as Malaysia looked for it’s first title of the day, but that wasn’t to be the case as Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen claimed their first and Europe’s first title of 2013 with a two game victory over Goh and Lim, winning 21-13, 21-18.
Bao and Tian ensured at least one Chinese title in the women’s doubles, with victory over the 2nd seeded Matsutomo and Takahashi in two games that will see their world ranking skyrocket from it’s current rank of 141. Lee and Ko were defeated in the men’s doubles final by the new Indonesian pairing of Ahsan and Setiawan in the shortest match of the day with the Indonesian’s looking for their own rise up the rankings similar to the pairing they beat in todays final.
It took 32 minutes for Lee Chong Wei to claim the title, but it was a score that proved his dominance over the week as he defeated Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-7, 21-8 in the most one-sided of the finals today. It was Malaysia’s only title on the day, but Lee Chong Wei continues his unbeaten run in 2013.
Lee Chong Wei secured his place in his second Super Series final in 2013 as the Kuala Lumpur crowd will hope for two titles on finals day.
Lee Chong Wei booked his place in the final with a three game victory over Jan O Jorgensen claimed his 8th win of 2013 without a loss to date. Sony Dwi Kuncoro will take on the top seeded Malaysia after the longest match of the day resulted in the Indonesian taking the deciding game 23-21 to reach tomorrow’s final. Tomorrow’s final will be their 13th meeting, with Lee Chong Wei winning 7 of the last 12 including their last meeting which was also in Malaysia in the GP Gold last year.
Two surprise results in the women’s singles have resulted in the most unlikely of finals tomorrow as Tai Tzu Ying takes on Yao Xue. The 6th seeded Tai defeated Saina Nehwal in two games and Yao Xue defeated Bae Yeon Ju of Korea in a similar scoreline to set up the first meeting between the two, with Yao Xue liking to break into the top 100 in the world rankings regardless of the result tomorrow.
Lee and Ko continue their unbeaten 2013 on route to their second successive Super Series final, where they will take on the Indonesian pairing of Ahsan and Setiawan. The 6th seeded Korean’s defeated Goh and Lim in two games in the only defeat for Malaysia on the day whilst the unseeded Indonesians ended the run of Chai and Liu of China in two games also. It is their first meeting between the two pairs that only started competing regularly together in late 2012.
Bao and Tian is China’s sole finalist in all three doubles events and take on the second seeded Matustomo and Takahashi in tomorrow’s women’s doubles final. It will be their first meeting as the Chinese pair has only been together since last week at the Korea Open.
The mixed doubles final will see the top two seeds play each other, the only event of the week that will see the number 1 and 2 seeds meet. There is European interest with Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen who take on the Malaysian top seeds of Goh and Lim. Both pairs have been inside the top 10 for most of the last 12 months but this will only be their second meeting, with their first being at the Super Series Finals last month that resulted in a one-sided victory for the Danes.
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