The 2019 Fuzhou China Open is the nineteenth tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and also part of the Fuzhou China Open championships, which have been held since 2005. Get an overview of the semifinals here!
Momota is unstoppable in the men’s singles
Rasmus Gemke lost the China Open semi-final to Kento Momota. After a good start, the Dane was hit by injury. Kento Momota, entered his 11th final of the year beating Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke. The Dane surprised the top seed with his attacking badminton and was up 18-12, but Momota clawed his way back patiently and then completed the kill at 21-19 21-8.
Antonsen was going to try to do what the compatriot Rasmus Gemke failed to do. Namely to play in the finals at the Fuzhou China Open. However, things did not go that way when the Dane lost in two sets 21-10, 21-12. The second semi-final was expected to be a closer contest. Antonsen is this year’s silver medalist from the World Championship and Chen the second-seed. But it only required two games for the Taiwanese player to enter the final. Chen made his Danish rival run around the court and dominated the rallies. It wasn’t as if Antonsen was hopelessly out of touch. But he could never command the rallies and succumbed to the shots of his opponent. Last year, Momota had emerged as the winner in the final against Chen. He is again the favourite. But the way the Chinese Taipei shuttler played in the semis should give his fans some hope. Still, he will have to be at his fittest and most patient to defeat the top-seed.
The host representatives will meet in the women’s singles final
The final match will bring together host representatives, Chen Yu Fei against Nozomi Okuhara from Japan. Proceedings on semifinals day followed the form book, with no surprises. Chen Yu Fei extended her title defence into the final day in one of the most exciting matches today. With her opponent Michelle Li seeking to enter her first top-tier final, it was an engaging contest, ending with both players driven to their limits. Li, moving smoothly and exhibiting her classy range of strokes, was in control through the first game but repeatedly fell into error early in the second. Chen continued to play at a high pace, while Li struggled with her consistency. The Canadian did make a match of it, fighting tooth and nail at the end before the Chinese grabbed the final point. The momentum of Chen Yu Fei’s awakening starts to show in the second game. Although at first the score was running tight, but the host representative managed to stay away at 15-6. A landslide score of 21-8 closes the second game for the home side. Chen Yu Fei’s slick performance continues in the deciding game. The 21-year-old champion was narrowly ahead 11-10 at the break. However, once entered the critical point he managed to get away from the pursuit of opponents, to end the fight through the final score of 21-17.The match which lasted for 72 minutes was won by Chen with a score of 20-22, 21-8, 21-17.
In the previous match, Nozomi Okuhara managed to advance to the final after the opponent, Tai Tzu Ying, resigned in the third set due to injury. Finally Nozomi escaped with a final score of 19-21, 21-12, 11-6. The match between Chen Yu Fei and Nozomi Okuhara in the final o will be recorded as the 8th meeting for both of them. Of the 7 previous matches, the home side was behind with a thin score of 3-4. The meeting of the two players at the summit tomorrow, as well as being a repeat of the final 2018. At that time Chen Yu Fei successfully reached the highest podium through straight game wins 21-10 and 21-16.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty go down fighting to World No. 1
The gallant show of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty at the Fuzhou China Open Super 750 came to an end on Saturday as the Indian pair lost their men’s doubles semi-final match to World No. 1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya. World No. 9 Satwik and Chirag lost their neck-and-neck semi-final battle 16-21, 20-22 to Marcus and Kevin, the same opponents to whom they had earlier also suffered defeat in the French Open 2019 final. With their win of the Indian duo, top seeds Marcus and Kevin have extended their head-to-head lead over Satwik and Chirag to 8-0. The Indian duo entered the semi-final after upsetting World No. 3 pair of Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen. The two had earlier also stunned 6th seeded Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe to reach the quarterfinals. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have been in a rich vein of form this season. The duo had recently reached the final of the French Open, to make their first final appearance at a Super 750 level event on the BWF World Tour and reclaim a spot in the top 10 of the latest rankings. The Indian pair over 2019 world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
The pair recently also became the first-ever Indian doubles team to win a World Tour 500 when they defeated 2018 world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China to win the Thailand Open.
Through to the finals in the women’s doubles
The final of the women’s doubles number will bring together representatives of Japan, Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka Hirota with the fifth seed from South Korea, Lee So Hee / Shin Seung Chan. The rivalry between Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan produced its most enthralling match yet, with the Japanese prevailing in a 94-minute marathon to enter the final of the Fuzhou China Open 2019. Full of intense rallies, the semifinal saw Fukushima and Hirota twice overcome deficits in the third game to hold off the All England champions, 15-21 21-15 22-20. The two pairs were tied at seven wins apiece before this match, with dominance alternating between the two.The Japanese take on defending champions Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in tomorrow’s final Unfortunately the success of Yuki / Sayaka could not be followed by the co-patriot Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara. The first seed was lost by South Korean representative Lee So Hee / Shin Seung Chan. Lee / Shin, who is the fifth seed, defeated Mayu / Wakana through the Rubber game for 60 minutes. Lee / Shin won with a score of 12-21, 21-12, 21-13.
A ticket to the final in the mixed doubles
The first seeded pair, Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong won one final ticket after frustrating the representative of the Malaysian representative, Goh Soon Huat / Lai Shevon Jemie with a score of 21-16 and 21-10. “We have better fitness conditions now than when we were in France and Denmark,” said Zheng, who was eliminated twice by Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia at French and Denmark Open last month. The World number one then bounced back strongly on home soil, taking four consecutive wins without losing one game at the Super 750 tournament.
The success of Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong was followed by his compatriot Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping who became the second seed in the 2019 Fuzhou Open tournament. Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping’s pair managed to conquer fourth seed from Japan, Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino. The upcoming Chinese derby is a repeat of mixed doubles final of the tournament last year, when they involved in a three-game tussle match before Zheng/Huang lifted the trophy. “I hope we can deliver better performance on Sunday, which requires us to adapt into the match as soon as possible,” Zheng added.
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