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Simon Santoso Makes Strong Comeback to Reach Singapore Open Final

Simon Santoso displayed a renewed spark as he outplayed Du Pengyu to secure a spot in the Men’s Singles final of the OUE Singapore Open. After facing a slump in 2013 that resulted in a drop in rankings, the Indonesian player has been steadily working his way back. In the semi-finals, he faced off against China’s Du Pengyu, whom he had previously defeated in the Djarum Indonesia Open 2012.

Du took an early lead in the first game, showcasing his physicality, but the match became closely contested in the second game. Santoso made his move when the score was tied at 13-all, establishing a narrow lead and ultimately forcing a decider. Despite a long absence from Superseries events, Santoso’s skills and hunger remained intact. He controlled the proceedings in the third game, setting up a final against his nemesis, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Lee Chong Wei Overcomes Srikanth K to Secure Final Spot

Lee Chong Wei faced a tough challenge from Srikanth K but managed to emerge victorious and secure a place in the Men’s Singles final. Srikanth fought hard and even took the lead late in the opening game. However, Lee did not give him another chance and accelerated to win the game 21-19. In the second game, Lee maintained his momentum and closed out the match with a score of 21-18.

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Disappointing Results for Korean Players

The semi-finals were a disappointing affair for the Korean players, as they suffered defeats in all four matches. In the Men’s Doubles, Kim Sa Rang and Yoo Yeon Seong held a narrow lead against Cai Yun and Lu Kai, but the Chinese duo managed to secure the crucial points and take a first-game lead. They maintained their advantage in the second game, winning with a score of 21-19 21-16. Chinese Taipei’s Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin emerged as the victors in the other Men’s Doubles match, defeating Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Choel with a score of 22-20 18-21 21-14.

Exciting Women’s Doubles Final Looms

Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl earned themselves a spot in the Women’s Doubles final after a hard-fought battle against Japan’s Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo. They will face the dominant Chinese pair of Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua, who received a walkover in the semi-finals.

China Dominates Women’s Singles Final

The Women’s Singles final will be an all-Chinese affair, as Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan square off against each other. Li cruised to victory against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun with a score of 21-13 21-13, while Wang comfortably defeated her compatriot Han Li with a score of 21-18 21-12.

Indonesia Secures Mixed Doubles Final Berth

The Mixed Doubles final will see an Indonesian showdown, with World champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir and Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili securing their spots. Ahmad and Natsir endured a tough three-game battle against China’s Liu Chen and Bao Yixin, while Widianto and Dili pulled off an impressive upset against Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na.

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FAQs

Q: Who will Simon Santoso face in the Men’s Singles final of the OUE Singapore Open?
A: Simon Santoso will be facing Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the Men’s Singles final.

Q: What was the score of the Men’s Singles semi-final match between Lee Chong Wei and Srikanth K?
A: Lee Chong Wei won the match with a score of 21-19 21-18 against Srikanth K.

Q: How did the Korean players perform in the semi-finals of the OUE Singapore Open?
A: The Korean players suffered defeats in all four semi-final matches.

Summary

The OUE Singapore Open witnessed some intense and thrilling matches as players battled for a spot in the finals. Simon Santoso made a strong comeback to secure a place in the Men’s Singles final, where he will face Lee Chong Wei. Lee Chong Wei overcame a tough challenge from Srikanth K to advance to the final. Korean players faced disappointment as they lost all their semi-final matches. In the Women’s Doubles, Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl will take on Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua in the final. Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan will compete in an all-Chinese Women’s Singles final. In the Mixed Doubles, Indonesian pairs Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir and Riky Widianto/Puspita Richi Dili secured their spots in the final. The OUE Singapore Open promises an exciting finale for badminton enthusiasts. Visit Carnegiecentre.com for more badminton news and updates.