Womens Singles Category
The 2019 Singapore Open women’s singles semi-final sees India’s PV Sindhu take on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. The year 2019 hasn’t been the best for Sindhu, with a final appearance yet to be made but a win over Okuhara in the penultimate tie will put an end to that streak. Sindhu and Okuhara were opponents in the 2017 BWF World Championship final which were an epic contest, won by the Japanese.
Okuhara controlled the rallies and came up with a very solid gameplan while Sindhu looked completely short of confidence once Okuhara started getting on top of her. Sindhu struggled to keep pace and get her shots right as she absolutely crashed to the defeat in Singapore. Okuhara won the match 21/7 – 21/11.
Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying defeated world No. 4 Japanese player Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles in 57 minutes to advance to the final of the 2019 Singapore Open. After opening the first game with a 4-0 early lead, world No. 1 Tai made several mistakes when drifts affected her performance and cost her the first game 15-21. However, she regained total control to beat Yamaguchi 24-22 and 21-19.
Tai and Yamaguchi had previously played each other 15 times, with Tai winning nine of those games.
The clash of two champions
The duel of two world badminton giants in the 2019 Singapore Open semifinals was fierce and full of magic. Kento Momota was suddenly able to turn a win over Viktor Axelsen, even though he had fallen behind very far. With this victory, Kento Momota advanced to the final to face Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. This Indonesian men’s singles have also just toppled the defending champion Singapore Open, Chou Tien Chen. Momota managed to win with the digits 21/15 – 21/18 over Axelsen.
Furthermore, in the mens singles the longest match could be seen i between Anthony Sinisuka GINTING from Indonesia and CHOU Tien Chen from China. The long duels lasted a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes and the victory eventually fell to the Indonesian. The match was filled with excitement and both players played well and controlled despite tiredness.
A power couple
Nagahara was awarded as the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by the BWF together with her partner Mayu Matsumoto. In the semifinal, they were up against Fukushima and Hirota and managed to win 21/18 – 21/17 after long battles. Tomorrow in the finals they will meet Kim and Kong from Korea. Both couples are incredibly strong, so it will be exciting to see who manages to keep their heads cool in a fight that may possibly go long.
Hungry for victory
Their bodies may have taken a beating but the hunger to get back on top is what keeps Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing going. The national mixed doubles, who are on a comeback trail, put up another blistering performance earlier today to reach the final of the Singapore Open.
They stunned Indonesia’s World No 9 pair, Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-16, 20-22, 22-20 in the last four, and will face Thailand’s World No 4 duo of Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the final. This will be the duo’s first final appearance in two years since their Malaysia Masters triumph in 2017.
While admitting that playing back-to-back tournaments is taking a toll on their bodies, Kian Meng-Pei Jing are determined not to lose their momentum.
“Firstly we are extremely happy to reach our first final in two years and we want to keep this momentum going.To be honest, it has not been easy, just look at all our previous matches, it’s always three games. Also in the last two years, we did not play high level badminton like this, so it’s really a challenge for us. However, we are hungry. We want to start delivering results. We just want to keep improving as we go along,” said Pei Jing.
See the full program for tomorrows finals here