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World number one, Tai Tzu Ying, is the big favorite to take the title at Chinese Taipei Open on home soil. During the whole week the 24-year old Taiwanese has been on cruise control.
The day of the semifinals started with the other women’s single though. Denmark’s Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt (3) and Yip Pui Yin (5) played their third encounter to see who would be finalist of the World Tour Super 300 tournament. And it was a Danish girl who was in full focus today.
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Kjærsfeldt started off best and took control of first game after a few minutes. After 4-4 she didn’t look back and kept on adding to her lead. With 21-14 first game was in the bag of the Dane who looked very strong. In second game she looked as if on fire when she went to mid-game interval at 11-2. But the Hongkonger wasn’t interested in a big defeat and fought her way back into the game.
Best result of the year
With an amazing comeback Yip Pui Yin made it to 18-18 and brought back excitement in the game. She even went up one point but a strong finish with three consecutive points closed the match in Kjærsfeldt’s favor.
With the entry to the final at Chinese Taipei Open Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt, who is number 28 on the world ranking, has secured her best result of the year. She previously has two semifinals from Spain – one at the European Championships in April and one from Spain Masters little over a month ago.
Strong opponent for Kjærsfeldt tomorrow
The Dane will have to play her absolute best to claim the title in tomorrow’s final though. On the other side of the net will be no less than the Taiwanese world number one, Tai Tzu Ying. Apart from having all the local spectators against her, Kjærsfeldt is up against a player who would probably give her left arm to win on home soil.
Tai Tzu Ying has been cruising all the way to the semifinal and she didn’t slow down today. Her opponent today was Soniia Cheah (7) from Malaysia and she has not played a bad tournament at all. Yesterday she eliminated the 4th seeded Pai Yu Po – another Taiwanese.
Identical finish in the two semifinals
Today Cheah couldn’t do much about the next Taiwanese in line though. The development of the match was very much like in the first women’s single semifinal. Tai took control of the match early in first game, which she won 21-16 without major problems. In second game she kept leading most of the way until Soniia Cheah made the same comeback as Yip Pui Yin had done against Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt.
Cheah leveled the score at 18-18 and even brought herself up one point. But just like Kjærsfeldt, Tai closed the game and the match with three consecutive points. It is the 8th final of the year for the strong world number one and she only lost one of the previous seven. The local girl is big favorite to take the title on home soil tomorrow.
Selected results from the semifinals at Chinese Taipei Open:
WS: Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt, Denmark (3) vs. Yip Pui Yin, Hong Kong (5) 21-14 21-19
WS: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei (1) vs. Soniia Cheah, Malaysia (7) 21-16 21-19
MD: Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng, Chinese Taipei (3) vs. Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han, Chinese Taipei (7) 24-22 21-14
WD: Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, Japan (4) vs. Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata, Japan (1) 21-15 21-12
WD: Ayane Kurihara/Naru Shinoya, Japan vs. Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao, Japan (2) 21-16 21-19
XD: Yang Po-Hsuan/Wu Ti Jung, Chinese Taipei vs. Chen Tang Jie/Peck Yen Wei, Malaysia (3) 12-21 21-18 21-12
XD: Alfian Eko Prasetya/Marsheilla Gischa Islami, Indonesia (8) vs. Ronald Ronald/Annisa Saufika, Indonesia 21-16 21-16