Monday March 4, 2013
Chen Long storms into German Open final
PETALING JAYA: World No. 2 Chen Long easily reached the menís singles final of the German Open GP Gold badminton championships in Mulheim on Saturday.
The 24-year-old proved too strong for compatriot Qiao Bin, strolling to a 21-8, 21-16. He will face Indonesiaís Tommy Sugiarto in the final. Tommy defeated Thai Boonsak Ponsana 21-19, 21-12 in the other semi-final.
China are also guaranteed of the menís doubles title after scratch pair Chai Biao-Hong Wei eliminated third seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea 15-21, 21-19, 21-13.
They will face compatriots Qiu Zihan-Liu Xiaolong for the title.
In the womenís singles, Juliane Schenk kept the home interest alive after beating Japanís Sayaka Takahashi 21-17, 21-19 to set up a final date with second seed Wang Yihan of China.
Menís singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-8, 21-16; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 21-19, 21-12.
Menís doubles: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) 15-21, 21-19, 21-13; Qiu Zihan-Liu Xiaolong (Chn) bt Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin (Tpe) 21-19, 21-19.
Womenís singles: Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-17, 21-19; Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21- 19, 8-21, 21-16.
Womenís doubles: Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) bt Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 22-20, 21-17; Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua (Chn) bt Eom Hye-won-Jang Ye-na (Kor) 21-8, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Shin Baek-cheol-Jang Ye-na (Kor) bt Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba (Pol) 21-15, 18-21, 21-18; Anders Kristiansen-Julie Houmann (Den) bt Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White (Eng) 21-19, 19-21, 21-19.