PETALING JAYA – Men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are just one step away from ending the year on a high.
On Saturday, the world No. 1 pair put up a fabulous show to beat Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China 21-18, 21-16 in just 37 minutes to reach the men’s doubles final at the World Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
They will take on Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda in the final on Sunday.
Takeshi-Keigo dumped Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark 21-17, 21-19 in a convincing 50-minute men’s doubles semi-final.
National doubles coach Jeremy Gan said the final match could go down the wire.
“It’ll be a tough match. The Japanese pair won the Hong Kong Open last month and are in good form here. It could go either way,” said Jeremy.
“Our pair have to stay focused. The record is 1-1 between them and hopefully, our pair will pull through,” he said.
Japan also enjoyed a good day in the women’s doubles when Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi reached the final and set up a meeting with China’s promising pair Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan.
Viktor Axelsen kept the flag flying high for Denmark when he crushed Son Wan-ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-19 in 55 minutes to reach the men’s singles final.
The 21-year-old Axelsen, who defeated Lee Chong Wei a day ago, will face Tian Houwei of China.
Men’s singles: Tian Houwei (Chn) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-17, 19-21, 21-13; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-17, 21-19.
Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 21-17, 21-19; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 21-18, 21-16.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sun Yu (Chn) 21-19, 21-19; Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 21-15, 18-21, 21-15.
Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-12, 21-11; Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 23-21, 22-20.
Mixed doubles: Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) bt Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-19, 17-21, 21-9; Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-14, 21-18. – The Star Online