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Five countries are represented in today’s finals at the World Tour Super 300 tournament Chinese Taipei Open. The hosts top the list with five entries but it was three of the other countries that took the first three titles.
Mixed double opened the program of the day with the 8th seeded Indonesians Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami being favorites against the local unseeded pair Yang Po-Hsuan and Wu Ti Jung. It was the first ever encounter between the two pairs.
What seemed to be a fairly close match in the beginning turned out to become a fairly easy win for the Indonesians. From 12-12 they took off and closed first game with 21-15. Second game was kind of a similar story, except that Yang and Wu got fewer points.
7-7 was last time the Taiwanese saw their opponents who speeded away with the help of two nice streaks of 5 points each. Prasetya and Islami won 21-11 and took the first of the five titles that will be distributed in Taipei City today.
Japan takes first and second place
The second final of the day was with two Japanese pairs. Japan had no less than six pairs among the last eight in women’s double – a category that they are simply ruling this year. So it was no wonder that the women’s double final was an all-Japanese battle.
Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (4) were facing Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya and there was never really any doubt about the outcome. After 21-10 for Matsuyama and Shida in first game, things did however become a little more exciting in second. The two pairs were even up to 16-16 but the favorites closed the match with a few quick points; 21-17.
Biggest result in the career
In men’s single there were two unseeded players in the final. The world’s number 60 against the world’s number 81. Malaysia against Japan. Lee Zii Jia against Riichi Takeshita. While the Japanese came to Chinese Taipei with a fresh title in the bag from Sydney International, the final was by far the best result of the career for the Malaysian.
Lee Zii Jia came best out of first game with 21-17 and also had his changes in second. He did however make way too many mistakes towards the end of second game and therefore allowed Takeshita back in to the match. Riichi Takeshita won second game 21-16.
In third game there was no doubt who was the better man today. At 2-1 for Takeshita it was last time the Japanese was in front. Lee Zii Jia took over all control and rocketed off to his biggest title of the career with 21-11.
Results from the finals at Chinese Taipei Open:
XD: Alfian Eko Prasetya/Marsheilla Gischa Islami, Indonesia (8) vs. Yang Po-Hsuan/Wu Ti Jung, Chinese Taipei 21-15 21-11
WD: Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, Japan (4) vs. Ayane Kurihara/Naru Shinoya, Japan 21-10 21-17
MS: Lee Zii Jia, Malaysia vs. Riichi Takeshita, Japan 21-17 16-21 21-11