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Featured Matches For Final September, 25

MEN'S SINGLES: LEE CHONG WEI (1) [MAS] vs. CHEN LONG (4) [CHN]
In the past two years, these athletes have played each other five times. Of the five, Lee Chong Wei has defeated Chen Long the last four times, all in two straight games. Lee is looking to be the defending champion for the YONEX OPEN JAPAN but the underdog Chen Long may not allow it.

WOMEN'S SINGLES: WANG YIHAN (1) [CHN] vs. JULIANE SCHENK (8) [GER]
Juliane Schenk has been making large improvements in her game recently, advancing to the top 4 at the 2011 YONEX BWF World Championships in London and defeating the world no. 2 from China, Wang Shixian. Schenk and Wang Yihan have competed four times prior to this tournament and although Schenk's ranking may be lower, she has still won a match off of Wang. Schenk's recent improvements may upset Wang.

MEN'S DOUBLES: CAI YUN & FU HAIFENG (1) [CHN] vs. MOHAMMAD AHSAN & BONA SEPTANO (4) [INA]
Ahsan and Septano will be challenging World Champions, Cai and Fu. The last time these two pairs faced each other were at the YONEX All England Open 2010 where the Chinese won in a close, three-game match scoring [21-19, 18-21, 21-14]. It will be exciting to see how Cai and Fu will take on the wild and fast-paced playing style of the Indonesians this time.

WOMEN'S DOUBLES: CHENG WEN HSING & CHIEN YU CHIN (5) [TPE] vs. YIXIN BAO & ZHONG QIANXIN [CHN]
It is the first time these two women's doubles pairs will compete against each other. This is due to the new partnership of Bao and Zhong. These Chinese have a BWF World Ranking of 90th and yet have the talent to knock out the no. 6, no. 3, and no. 2 seeds out of this tournament. Cheng and Chien, who were once ranked world no. 1, must not undermine these Chinese because their badminton is, in fact, advanced.

MIXED DOUBLES: CHEN HUNG LING & CHENG WEN HSING (7) [TPE] vs. JOACHIM FISCHER NIELSEN & CHRISTINNA PEDERSEN (4) [DEN]
Chen/Cheng and Fischer/Pedersen are even in strength and skill. Both Cheng and Pedersen are strong women's doubles players who can keep up with the pace of men's smashes and drives while Chen and Fischer have dangerously powerful smashes. With these traits in the finals, a fast-paced doubles match can be expected.

 

Featured Matches For Semi final September, 24

Three well-known players Lee Chong Wei (MAS), Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN) & Lin Dan (CHN) stepped into semi-finals in Men's singles. Lie Chong Wei really had a battle with Kenichi Tago (JPN) while Lin Dan looked to have some room towards his top gear.

No.1 seeded Wan Yihan (CHN) will play against a fellow player Liu Xin in semi-finals of Women singles. Saina Nehwal of India plays first time in YOJ in Tokyo in semi-fainls.
She will challenge to Juliane Schenk (GER) who is currently No.8 in BWF world ranking.

 

Featured Matches For Quarter final September, 23

Men's Singles

Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei has started differently as evidenced by the fact that Lee did not go to China Maters and focused purely on this YOJ to win the championship 2nd in a row. In the meantime, Lin Dan has been trying to build up his physical strength and tactics to win the game through playing matches available before him.
Having said that, we will see Tago VS Lee and Lin Dan VS Chen Jin tomorrow,

Please watch these matches among Men's singles..
Tago is 100% ready to fight with Lee Chong Wei in every respect physically mentally.

Women's Doubles

Fujii & Kakiiwa of Japan will be in a good chance to win the quater-finals comparably to other duos in tomorrow's match. They will meet Korean pair, Ha& Kim.
Their historical head to head is 1-1 as of today. (subject to reconfirmation)

Matsuo & Naito of Japan proceeded to 3rd round and will play against Chinese pair, Yixin Bao & Zhan Qianxin who beat Maeda & Suetuna yesterday.

Featured Matches For 2nd Round September, 22

Men's Doubles

Cai Yun / Fu Haifeng(CHN) VS Liao Min Chun / Wu Chun Wei(TPE) Kien Keat Koo / Boon Heong Tan(MAS) VS Yoshiteru Hirobe / Kenta Kazuno(JPN) Ko Sung Hyun / Lee Yong Dae(KOR) VS Naoki Kawamae / Shoji Sato(JPN)

Women's Doubles

Tian Qing / Zhao Yunlei(CHN) VS Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl(DEN) Jung Kyung Eun / Kim Ha Na(KOR) VS Shizuka Matsuo / Mami Naito(JPN)

Mixed Double

Zhang Nan / Zhao Yunlei(CHN) VS Lee Yong Dae / Ha Jung Eun(KOR) Sudket Prapakamol / Saralee Thoungthongkarn(THA) VS Chris Adcock(ENG) / Imogen Bankier(SCO) Hong Wei / Pan Pan(CHN) VS Tantowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir(INA)

TAGO KENICHI [JPN] vs. CHEN CHOU TIEN [TPE]

Tago, currently ranked 20th in the world, is going to face Chen who is ranked 59th. With Tago's past merits such as second place at the Yonex All England Championships, it is easy to be convinced that he will defeat Chen without difficulty. This particular match-up is interesting because Chen advanced to the second round by out-running the Olympic gold medalist, Taufik Hidayat, in a heated three-game match. Both Tago and Chen are up-and-coming players whose potential cannot be predicted; the outcome may or may not be a surprise.

KOO KIEN KEAT & TAN BOON HEONG [MAS] vs. HIROBE YOSHITERU & KAZUNO KENTA [JPN]

Koo and Tan have been at the top of the men's doubles game for the past few years. Their playing style is extremely entertaining; Tan is known for his powerful smashes while Koo dominates the net with quick responses mixed with high-technique trick shots. These two were unaffected by the crowd that strongly favored their opponents from today, Saeki Hiroyuki and Taohata Ryota of Japan. Again tomorrow, their opponents Hirobe and Kazuno, have the home-court advantage. With this tournament having so many upsets with seeded players losing first round, Koo and Tan may be in for a nerve-racking match.

JWALA GUTTA & ASHWINI PONNAPPA [IND] vs. HA JUNG EUN & KIM MIN JUNG [KOR]

Gutta and Ponnappa performed outstandingly well at the YONEX BWF World Championships in London last month by achieving the bronze. Gutta also advanced to the Finals at the Li-Ning China Masters last week in the mixed doubles bracket with her partner V. Diju. Other players have accepted that these results are no fluke. They are beginning to making their mark in the badminton community. Tomorrow they face Ha and Kim who are the seventh seed at this tournament and it will be interesting to see what kind of mark they will leave at the YOJ.

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