Sun Yu Battles Past Wang Shixian – OUE Singapore Open 2015 Day 5

Sun Yu Battles Past Wang Shixian – OUE Singapore Open 2015 Day 5

A new World Superseries champion will grace the Men’s Singles podium tomorrow with Hu YunOUE Singapore Open 2015 - Logo_lr and Kento Momota setting up the title clash.

Other categories too threw up the possibility of new champions, following some unexpected semi-final results.

Hong Kong’s Hu Yun earned his place in the final of a World Superseries for the third time with a come-from-behind win over India’s Kashyap Parupalli. It was Hu’s third straight win from a game down. Parupalli was ahead through most of the first game with leads of 12-4 and 15-7 but Hu steadily chipped away and caught up at 20. Nevertheless, the Indian clinched the last two points for the first game.

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It was all downhill for Parupalli from there. Hu never let his grip off and completed the 20-22 21-11 21-14 victory in an hour.

Japan’s Momota, on the other hand, had it relatively easy over defending champion Simon Santoso of Indonesia, 21-10 21-13, to make his first World Superseries final.5day_Ricky Karanda SuwardiLike Momota, China’s Sun Yu will be in her first World Superseries final. The 21-year-old finally emerged out of the shadows of her more accomplished senior compatriots by beating Wang Shixian in a marathon semi-final, 21-14 11-21 21-19. Wang had a 15-12 lead in the third but Sun overhauled her from 17-all and closed out the match in 72 minutes.

Sun will face Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, a Singapore Open runner-up in 2010. Tai was also stretched to three games, by China’s Wang Yihan, 21-16 9-21 21-14.

Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa’s jinx in winning a World Superseries title continued as they fell in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals to Indonesia’s Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi. The third seeds did well to fight off a deficit in the second game and take it, but their challenge melted after being on equal terms for most of the third: 21-17 20-22 21-17.

In the other semi-final, China’s Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng snuffed out the ambitions of recent Malaysia Open champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, 18-21 21-8 21-17.

5day_Misaki Matsutomo & Ayaka Takahashi

Women’s Doubles veterans Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli were beaten for the first time in four encounters against Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi. The top seeded Japanese rode a strong challenge from their opponents in the second game before cruising through in the end, 11-21 21-19 21-11. They will face another Chinese pair, Ou Dongni/Yu Xiaohan, who are also in the running for a first World Superseries title. The young Chinese prevented an all-Japan final by beating No.2 seeds Miyuki Maeda/Reika Kakiiwa 21-18 22-20.

5day_Lu Kai & Huang Yaqiong

Mixed Doubles top seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, who are on a red-hot winning streak, gave themselves a shot at their third World Superseries title this year by beating Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir 21-16 24-22. There was a surprise in store in the other semi-final, with young guns Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong (China) prevailing over senior compatriots Xu Chen/Ma Jin 21-17 22-20.

For the day’s results, click here.