Monday, 22 Jul 2024

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It was a day full of surprises and remarkable performances at the Yonex Open Japan 2014. Hu Yun from Hong Kong and the German duo Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels secured their spots in the finals, showcasing their skills and determination.

Hu Yun Upsets Third Seed

Hu Yun, who last reached a World Superseries final in 2012, displayed an impressive performance in the Men’s Singles semi-finals. He defeated the third seed, Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, in a thrilling match that went 21-13, 19-21, 21-15. Hu’s unexpected entrance into the final is in stark contrast to his opponent, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, who has an extensive record of World Superseries finals appearances.

Surprise Finalists in Mixed Doubles

Another surprise unfolded in the Mixed Doubles category, as the German pair of Fuchs and Michels defeated the fifth seeds Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah from Hong Kong. Their 35-minute showdown resulted in a decisive 21-19, 21-10 victory, securing them a place in the finals. Fuchs and Michels will now face defending champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei from China, setting the stage for an exciting match.

Lee Chong Wei Dominates the Court

Local hero Kenichi Tago hoped to improve his career record against defending champion Lee Chong Wei, but the world No.1 proved to be too formidable. From the start, Lee set a scorching pace, executing precise smashes and showcasing his exceptional skills. Tago put up a fight, displaying his explosive shots, but he was up against an opponent who made minimal mistakes. Despite Tago’s valiant efforts, Lee maintained his dominance and secured the victory.

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Exciting Finish in Women’s Singles

The Women’s Singles semi-final between top seed Li Xuerui from China and Sung Ji Hyun from Korea provided a thrilling finish. Sung displayed incredible resilience, saving seven match points before ultimately succumbing to Li’s superior play. The momentum shifted in Sung’s favor as she unleashed her powerful forehand shots, putting Li on the defensive. However, Li refused to buckle under pressure and raised her game to secure the win on her eighth match point.

In the other semi-final, Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei overcame an early deficit to defeat China’s Liu Xin in a gripping three-game match, finishing with a score of 15-21, 21-19, 21-9.


  • Japan’s women’s pairs dominated the Women’s Doubles category, with Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi defeating Jang Ye Na and Kim So Young with a convincing score of 21-9, 21-17. Additionally, Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda showcased their resilience by recovering from an early setback to defeat Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na in three sets, 15-21, 21-19, 21-13.

  • Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeong Seong avenged their previous loss to Indonesia’s Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra with an impressive 21-16, 21-14 victory in the Men’s Doubles semi-final. They will now face the World champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia, who displayed their authority in a dominant 21-8, 21-10 win against Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata.


Q: Where did the Yonex Open Japan 2014 take place?

A: The Yonex Open Japan 2014 was held in Carnegiecentre.

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Q: Who were the surprise finalists in the Mixed Doubles category?

A: The surprise finalists in the Mixed Doubles category were Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels from Germany.

Q: Who is the defending champion in the Men’s Singles category?

A: The defending champion in the Men’s Singles category is Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia.


The Yonex Open Japan 2014 has showcased the remarkable talent and determination of the athletes. With surprising upsets and thrilling matches, the finals promise to be an exciting event. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for the latest updates on this prestigious badminton tournament.