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28 Oct 2023

Look out for the French Open finalists

It is semis day at the Glaz Arena and every single game matters. Former champions are out as new faces arise, battles are harsh, and the objective is the same for all the contenders: Reach the Yonex French open finals!

Mixed double: The French open will crown new champions

The first mixed doubles semi-final of the day saw the surprising elimination of world numbers two Yuta WATANABE and Arisa HIGASHINO (n°2, Japan) against TANG Chun Man and TSE Ying Suet (n°18), who continue excelling in this tournament. In the final, they will meet the Chinese pair JIANG Zhen Bang/WEI Ya Xin (n°6), who handled with authority their semi against the Koreans KIM Won Ho and JEONG Na Eun (n°7). 

TANG/TSE: “It’s difficult to believe it because we have lost against them many times and this time, I think we were more determined. Now we just want to keep the spirit!”.  

LIANG/WEI: «For the final, the Hong Kong pair has more experienced and both of them are left-handed, so we have to adapt strategy wise.” 

Women’s simple: HE Bing Jiao won’t win twice in a row.

After her win over Carolina MARIN (n°5, Spain), the Japanese Aya OHORI almost made it in her semifinal against world number 4 TAI Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei). She lost in 3 sets, as did the titleholder HE Bing Jiao (n°6, China), who could not resist against her compatriot and Olympic champion CHEN Yu Fei (n°3). 

TAI Tzu Ying: “I hadn't faced her for a long time. The last time was at the Asian Games, and I realized that she'd made a lot of progress. Her tactics have evolved a lot, which made it very difficult to win today.” 

CHEN Yu Fei: "I'm looking forward to the final tomorrow. Facing TAI Tzu Ying, it's always a match where there's a lot to learn." 

Women’s double: What a day!

Two matches and almost 3 hours of play, the semi-finals of the women's doubles draw put on a superb show this Saturday at the Glaz Arena. Underdogs KITITHARAKUL and PRAJONGJAI (n°11, Thailand) overcame two-time world champions MATSUMOTO and NAGAHARA (n°6, Japan). They were joined by the Chinese pair LIU/TAN (n°13), who defeated the Indonesian pair RAHAYU and RAMADHANTI (n°8). 

Men’s double: A nightmare for China.

In the men's doubles draw, China was hoping to place two pairs in the final, but the verdict fell at the Glaz Arena: tomorrow's 4 finalists will be Danish and Indonesian. The pair Muhammad Shohibul FIKRI/Bagas MAULANA (n°12, Indonesia) won in 3 sets against the surprising HE Ji Ting and REN Xiang Yu (n°127, China). Joining them tomorrow, Kim ASTRUP and Anders Skaarup RASMUSSEN (n°6, Denmark), who defeated China's LIU Yu Chen and OU Xuan Yi (n°8). 

MAULANA/FIKRI: "We're very happy and proud of our performance today. We have a lot of confidence now that we've just won two finals in France and Denmark." 

Men's singles: No surprises !

In contrast to the rest of the competition, logic prevailed in the men's singles draw on Saturday. Having benefited from the withdrawal of Kunlavut VITIDSARN (n°4, Thailand), the Malaysian NG Tze Yong (no. 18) was unable to hold off world No. 5 LI Shi Feng (China). Despite a fine tournament, LOH Kean Yew (n°9, Singapore) lost to a Jonatan CHRISTIE (n°6, Indonesia) in the form of his life at the French Open. LI Shi Feng will have his work cut out tomorrow, as he has never managed to beat CHRISTIE in 3 encounters. 

See you tomorrow for the finals!

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