Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

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The Yonex Open Japan 2014 saw some unexpected exits as two big names, Lin Dan and Chen Long, were toppled in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, top seed Lee Chong Wei had a close call but managed to secure his spot in the BWF MetLife World Superseries semi-final.

In a thrilling match against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, Lee Chong Wei displayed his resilience and determination. Despite Sugiarto’s early lead in the third game, Lee fought back and regained his composure. Sugiarto’s shots started going wide, and Lee took advantage of the situation, ultimately winning with a score of 21-15, 12-21, 21-17. Lee’s victory set up a semi-final match against Kenichi Tago, who also triumphed in a grueling three-setter against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark (21-16, 16-21, 21-13).

On the same day, two other prominent names in badminton faced surprising defeats. Second seed Chen Long, who had a perfect record against Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, fell to the underdog in a nail-biting match that ended 18-21, 21-19, 21-15. Olympic and World champion Lin Dan also experienced his first loss in two years, as Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen pulled off a remarkable victory with a score of 21-19, 13-21, 21-16.

In the Women’s Singles category, Sayaka Takahashi’s hopes for a triumphant home event came to an unfortunate end. After defeating second seed Wang Yihan in the previous round, Takahashi had to retire in the second game against sixth seed Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei (21-19, 11-6). Tai will face China’s Liu Xin in the semi-finals, while Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun will take on top seed Li Xuerui from China.

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Highlights:

  • Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong overcame a shaky start against China’s Wang Yilv/Zhang Wen to secure a victory with a final score of 21-18, 21-13. They will face Indonesia’s Angga Pratama/Ryan Agung Saputra in the next round. Another Indonesian pair, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, comfortably defeated Malaysia’s Hoon Thien How/Tan Wee Kiong (21-16, 21-19).
  • China had a disappointing day in the Women’s Doubles category. Top seeds Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua gave a walkover to Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Kim Ha Na, while compatriots Ou Dongni/Xiong Mengjing and Ma Jin/Tang Yuanting were outplayed by Japan’s Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda and Korea’s Jang Ye Na/Kim So Young respectively.
  • Germany’s Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels continued their impressive journey, defeating third seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na in the quarter-finals (21-12, 22-20). In another intense match, China’s Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei overcame Indonesia’s Muhammad Rijal/Vita Marissa with a final score of 16-21, 21-14, 21-19.

FAQs

1. Who were the surprise winners in the Yonex Open Japan 2014 quarter-finals?

  • The surprise winners in the quarter-finals were Hu Yun, who defeated second seed Chen Long, and Jan O Jorgensen, who triumphed over Olympic champion Lin Dan.

2. How did Lee Chong Wei secure his spot in the semi-finals?

  • Lee Chong Wei faced a tough challenge against Tommy Sugiarto but managed to make a comeback and win the match with a score of 21-15, 12-21, 21-17.

3. Who will Lee Chong Wei face in the semi-finals?

  • Lee Chong Wei will face Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals, after Tago’s thrilling victory against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
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4. Which players advanced in the Women’s Singles category?

  • Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei and Li Xuerui from China advanced to the semi-finals in the Women’s Singles category.

5. Any remarkable highlights from the matches?

  • Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong had a shaky start but managed to secure a victory against Wang Yilv/Zhang Wen. Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels continued their impressive run by defeating third seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na. Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei also weathered a strong assault from Muhammad Rijal/Vita Marissa to come out as winners.

Conclusion

The Yonex Open Japan 2014 quarter-finals witnessed some thrilling matches and surprising outcomes. Badminton fans were treated to an intense display of skill and determination from the players. The semi-finals promise to be equally exciting, with top players from around the world vying for a spot in the finals. Stay tuned for more updates from the tournament.

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