WD – QF : Korean pairs alerted their future Japanese opponents
36 minutes. The needed time for Fukushima/Hirota and Lee/Shin to secure their semifinals seat against Hsu/Hu and the Stoeva sisters, respectively.
The world number 3 Japan’s Fukushima/Hirota annihilated Hsu/Hu from Chinese Taipei 21-11 21-7. They will face Korea’s Lee/Shin who bested the Stoeva Sisters in 2 straight games 21-11 21-6.
The rematch of the last year semifinal was tantalizing: the 2017 champions against the 2018 runners-up. But the Stoeva sisters, who appeared mentally and physically tired after the last night exhausting match, suffered determined Koreans.
China is out. Chen/Jia and Liu/Xia tried to trouble Japanese plans to no avail.
World number 8 Kim/Kong confirmed their last victory at the Korea Open last month and defeated the 2016 French Open champions Chen/Jia 21-16 21-12.
Matsumoto/Nagahara, world number one, improved to 4-0 their head-to-head series against Liu/Xia with a victory in straight games 22-20 21-17.
See all the results of the women’s doubles draw here.