Photo credit: Tang Shi
As mentioned in one of our summaries earlier today, Japan and Indonesia will split all the medals in women’s double between the two countries. The two countries had already won the first two quarterfinals of the day and the remaining two were both clashes between pairs from Japan and Indonesia.
The Japanese pairs were favorites in both matches. 4th seeded Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto were facing Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta, seeded 8, in the first of the two matches and it was a long match waiting for the four players. Tanaka and Yonemoto looked strongest and also had an 11-7 lead at interval. The Indonesia pair did however come strongly back and took first game 21-17. Maybe there was a little surprise ahead of us now.
But no, there was no surprise. At least not in second game where the Japanese stepped up and didn’t leave many chances to Haris and Pradipta. Tanaka and Yonemoto were leading all the way to a very comfortable 21-12 win in second game and everything had to be settled in third.
Here, once again, the match became much closer and at 13-13 it was still very open. Then the Indonesians lost pace and Japan got their second pair into the semifinals. With 21-15 Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto hereby secured their first World Championship medal.
Another shot for Indonesia
The second match between Japan and Indonesia was with Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota on one side and Anggia Shitta Awanda and Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani on the other. As mentioned above the Japanese were favorites to win and they also showed this. First game was very close though, at least up to 17-17, but with 4 consecutive points Fukushima and Hirota won first game 21-17.
In second game there was no looking back from the two Japanese. Awanda and Istarani were on 4-4 but that was it, from here it was a one-way street for Fukushima and Hirota who fairly easily bagged the victory with 21-15. That means that the semifinals will be played with three Japanese pairs and one Indonesian. Since Japan also has two players in the women’s single quarterfinals today this just proves and confirms the strength that Japan also showed when they won the Uber Cup final in Bangkok few months ago.
You can see all results from today’s matches here