The hope of four titles for the Japanese was ended on semi final day, as three of the five remaining Japanese hopes ended on a day that seen all but two seeds progress to the finals of the five events.
Hirose Into Final
Eriko Hirose was one of the few success stories for the home fans as se defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in three games to reach the women’s singles final against Tai Tzu Ying. The Chinese Taipei player defeated the higher seeded Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in three games to book her place in the final and a fifth meeting between the two, with the unseeded Hirose winning their previous 2 matches.
Lee Chong Wei will take on the unseeded Boonsak Ponsana in the men’s singles final, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Simon Santoso in an impressive one-sided semi final taking just 32 minutes. Ponsana defeated on the on-form Hu Yun of Hong Kong in three games to set up the opportunity to take his third victory over Lee Chong Wei in what will be their 16th meeting.
Seeds Too Strong In Doubles
Six seed remain in the doubles, with the 2nd seeded Koo and Tan taking on the 7th seeded Kim and Kim in the men’s doubles final after both secured straight forward two game victories in their semi final. The lower seeded pair of Kim and Kim won their only other meeting between the two, winning in Malaysia at the start of the year in three games.
Matsuo and Naito are Japan’s second chance of a title tomorrow, with the pair taking on Poon and Tse of Hong Kong who defeated their team mates Maeda and Suetsuna in their semi final. It will be their fourth meeting in tomorrow’s final, with the Japanese pairing leading the head to head 2-1 but the Hong Kong pair took the last meeting in March at the All Englands.
Chan and Goh are the last of the top seeds left in the doubles and reached tomorrow’s final with a two game victory over Japan’s Kamura and Yonemoto. Their opponents in the final will be Rijal and Natsir, who defeated Ikeda and Shiota in the other semi final in a one-sided matchup lasting just 24 minutes. It will be the their first meeting as the Indonesian pair have only formed at this event and will hope to the perfect start to their partnership.