Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

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In an exciting day of badminton, pairs from Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Japan displayed remarkable performances in the semi-finals of the Dubai World Superseries Finals. With a chance to claim a significant portion of the million-dollar jackpot, these teams left audiences enthralled and eager for more.

Japan Dominates in Women’s Doubles

Japan had the most reason to celebrate on semi-finals day as they demonstrated their prowess in the Women’s Doubles category. Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, the top-ranked teams in the Destination Dubai Rankings, convincingly defeated their opponents to secure their spots in the championship match.

Fukushima/Hirota set the tone by defeating China’s Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan with a score of 21-13, 21-14. Tanaka/Yonemoto followed suit, overcoming Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen by a narrow margin of 21-19, 21-19. Although the Danes fought valiantly, the Japanese pairs proved too strong.

“We communicate a lot on court, and that has helped us. We expected a tougher match, but we are happy to be in the final and we want to win our last match of the season,” shared Fukushima, who was recognized as the BWF Most Improved Player of the Year, along with her partner.

Gideon and Sukamuljo Triumph in Men’s Doubles

In a thrilling performance, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia showcased their skill and determination in the men’s doubles category. Facing off against their arch-rivals, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda from Japan, Gideon and Sukamuljo emerged victorious after an intense three-game match.

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Gideon and Sukamuljo, known as the “Minions,” delighted fans with their lightning-quick interventions and strategic gameplay. They secured a 21-10, 18-21, 21-16 win, avenging their earlier loss to the same Japanese pair during the round-robin stage.

“We are very happy to reach our ninth Superseries final. It was a tough match, and we had to try different strategies,” said Sukamuljo, ecstatic about their victory.

Exciting Finals Await

Gideon and Sukamuljo will face off against World champions, Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan from China, in their quest for the title. Liu and Zhang successfully held off the challenge from Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, winning with a score of 21-17, 21-16.

China also has high hopes in the Mixed Doubles category, with defending champions Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen advancing to the final. They convincingly defeated Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia with a score of 21-12, 21-17. Their strong performance against the Olympic and World champions proves their proficiency in the discipline.

Their opponents in the final will be Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet from Hong Kong, who showcased a remarkable comeback in their semi-final match against another Chinese pair, Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping. Tang and Tse secured a thrilling 18-21, 21-18, 21-17 victory, surprising themselves with their achievement in their Dubai debut.

“We didn’t expect this. A lot of pairs are more powerful and experienced than us. We just wanted to give our best in this tournament. That would have satisfied us. This proves we are up to world standard,” said Tse, reflecting on their surprising success.

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FAQs

Q: Who are the top-ranked teams in the Women’s Doubles category?
A: The top-ranked teams in the Women’s Doubles category are Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota from Japan.

Q: Who will Gideon and Sukamuljo face in the men’s doubles final?
A: Gideon and Sukamuljo will face World champions Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan from China in the men’s doubles final.

Q: Which defending champions advanced to the final in the Mixed Doubles category?
A: Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen from China are the defending champions who advanced to the final in the Mixed Doubles category.

Conclusion

The semi-finals of the Dubai World Superseries Finals delivered thrilling matches and captivating performances. Pairs from Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Japan showcased their skills and determination, setting the stage for an exhilarating finale. Badminton enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing intense battles as these talented athletes compete for the championship titles. To stay updated with the latest badminton news and the upcoming finals, visit Carnegiecentre.