Tai Faces Sun Yu in Semis
Saturday, December 17, 2016
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO

World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying will have to vault past a hurdle she has never crossed if she is to have a shot at regaining her 2014 title at the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai takes on China’s Sun Yu in the Women’s Singles semi-finals tomorrow. Tai has never beaten the Chinese in five matches. Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun will face India’s Pusarla V Sindhu in the other semi-final.

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The draw for the semi-finals was made after the completion of the group stage (featured image). The top players from the two groups in each category were separated, and the second-placed players were picked by lots.

Denmark will fancy chances of an all-Danish Men’s Singles final as their two contenders Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen landed in opposite halves. Jorgensen faces China’s Tian Houwei while Axelsen has his semi-final against Korea’s Son Wan Ho.

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Men’s Doubles will see semi-finalists from the same groups. Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding will be up once again against Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda; the other semi-final pits China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei against Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong.

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Olympic Women’s Doubles finalists run into one another once again: top seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) have a semi-final date opposite Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl. The other semi-final will feature China’s Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan against Korea’s Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee.

The Mixed Doubles will see a repeat of last year’s semi-final between England’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto. Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen face China’s Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen in the other half.

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