Chinese Taipei zoom in on three titles
Chinesei Taipei, once again, flexed their muscles in the doubles, zooming in on three titles while Zhu Lin stayed on track to win her second consecutive title at the YONEX OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in California on Friday.
Lee Sheng Mu-Chien Yu Chin started the ball rolling with a superb win over top seeds Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba in the mixed doubles with a 21-19, 21-15 win.
With Sheng Mu a steadying influence at the back, Yu Chin took control of the net to force the Polish pair into committing too many errors.
In the final, Sheng Mu-Yu Chin will take on Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Overzier who denied an all-Chinese Taipei final with a hard fought 21-18, 18-21, 21-13 win over Chen Hung Ling-Cheng Wen Hsing.
But Chinese Taipei were not to be denied gold and silver in the men’s doubles as Sheng Mu-Fang Chieh Min will cross swords with compatriots Chen Hung Ling-Lin Yu Lang.
Sheng Mu-Chieh Min, currently on a hot streak with three titles in the last two months, beat Korea’s Kim Ki Jung-Shin Baek Cheol 13-21, 21-14, 21-18 to enter the final.
Enjoying a career high ranking of eighth in the world, Sheng Mu-Chieh Min have won the Singapore Open Super Series, Indonesia Open Super Series and last week’s Canada Open. Hung Ling-Yu Lang, meanwhile, beat local favourites and former world champions Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan in a three game thriller that could have gone either way.
The Chinese Taipei pair eventually won 20-22, 24-22, 21-16.
Not to be outdone, Chen Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin also made it to the final with a clinical performance that saw them defeating Germany’s Birgit Overzier-Sandra Marinello 21-12, 21-5.
At the Canada Open last week, Chinese Taipei pairs won all three doubles titles and out to stop them will be Japan’s Rie Eto-Yu Wakita who upset Singapore Open champions Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei 14-21, 21-13, 21-16.
In the women’s singles, Zhu Lin, who won in Canada, defeated Juliane Schenk 21-23, 21-17, 21-18 to qualify for the final against Netherlands’ Judith Meulendijks. The Dutch player beat Japan’s Shizuka Uchida 21-18, 21-11.
And in the men’s singles, England’s Rajiv Ouseph and France’s Brice Leverdez will lock horns to decide the winner.
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