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Defending Champ Chen into women's final, China secure mixed doubles title at BWF Fuzhou China Open

2019-11-09 11:52:00 Xinhuanet

FUZHOU, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Chen Yufei of China booked her berth at women's singles final after a comeback win against Michelle Li of Canada, while Chinese mixed doubles pairs secured the title at Fuzhou China Open here on Saturday.

Chen missed a decisive game point and conceded the first game 20-22. However, the 21-year-old bounced back strongly in the following game by 21-8 before holding out the challenges in the decider to register her place in the final 21-17.

"I had good perseverance, which is the key for the win. My opponent played very tough and posed great pressure on me," Chen noted.

Much more challenge awaits Chen as she will in the women's final face Japanese ace Nozomi Okuhara, who saw off Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei after the top seed decided to retire from the match in the third game, when Okuhara led 11-6.

Last year in the final, Chen won over Okuhara 21-10, 21-16 for her first ever super 750 title, in which she would like to repeat on Sunday. "Okuhara is in very good form now. I need to heat up quickly and try my best for the win," chen added.

In mixed doubles, top-seeded Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong set up mixed doubles final clash with fellow Chinese duo Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dongping as two pairs both eased past their opponents in straight games.

Zheng and Huang took the initiative by 21-16 in the semifinal against Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie of Malaysia, and then dominated the second game before triumphing 21-10 for a final spot in 34 minutes, while Wang/Huang routed Japanese pair Yuta Watanable/Arisa Higashino 21-12, 21-16.

"We have better fitness conditions now than when we were in France and Denmark," said Zheng, who was eliminated twice by Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia at French and Denmark Open last month.

The world No. 1 then bounced back strongly on home soil, taking four consecutive wins without losing one game at the Super 750 tournament.

The final match between two Chinese duos is also a repeat of mixed doubles final of the tournament last year, when they involved in a three-game tussle before Zheng/Huang lifted the trophy.

The men's singles semifinals witnessed the dominant performances from top two seeds. World No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan eased past Rasmus Gemke from Denmark 21-19, 21-8, while second seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei eliminated the other Danish shuttler Anders Antonsen 21-10, 21-12.

In addition, Chinese women's pair Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan suffered an agonizing loss of 20-22, 21-19, 21-19 to No. 2 seed Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota of Japan, who will take on Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan of South Korea in the final.

Men's doubles No. 1 seed Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia beat Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty 21-16, 22-20, setting up a final with Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda of Japan.

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