Tai Tzu Ying reaches the final of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals

Revenge for Tai as she qualifies for the final in Guangzhou

12/14/2019 8:50 PM |  BadmintonEurope.com |  Maria Bubucea
Chinese Taipei star, and world number one, Tai Tzu Ying got her revenge against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in today’s women’s singles semifinal at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China.

Tai has played against Okuhara in the group stage as well, but unlike their first meeting earlier in the week, today it was Tai who was the stronger of the two. After 40 minutes she was victorious, winning in straight games 21-15, 21-18.

-I was mainly trying to reduce my errors, Tai told BWF after the match. In my last match against her I had made a lot of mistakes. Today I kept my focus. My form is getting better as I got used to the court. I expect a difficult match tomorrow and I hope I can continue to play well.

In Sunday’s final Tai Tzu Ying will be up against China’s Chen Yu Fei who beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in their semifinal today.

The host nation China is also represented in two other finals at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals – in women’s doubles and in mixed doubles.

The mixed doubles final will be “business as usual” when the world’s two best pairs throughout 2019 will be up against each other once again. World number one Zheng Si Wei / Huang Ya Qiong are going to play against their compatriots, and world number two, Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping.

The last Chinese representatives in Sunday’s finals are Chen Qing Chen / Jia Yi Fan who will be up against Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara in the women’s doubles final. The two pairs were parts of the only two semifinals which were between players/pairs not having met already in the group stage of the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou. In all other four categories players/pairs were drawn against players/pairs which they had already played against once this week.

Momota in the final again
In men’s singles Japan’s Kento Momota has been outstanding throughout the entire 2019, and he has also showed no weakness this week in Guangzhou, only losing one single game, against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in his match on day two. Also in today’s semifinal against Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei he won without any problems. The match ended 21-17, 21-12 in favor of the Japanese world champion.

After the match Momota spoke to BWF in the mixed zone: 
-My opponent has a strong attack and it was quite challenging for me. Once I got used to it, I could control the game better.

In the final Kento Momota will be playing against one of the few players who has managed to challenge the Japanese over the last couple of seasons, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting from Indonesia. Ginting beat the Chinese legend Chen Long in his semifinal, the second win for Ginting against Chen Long this week. 

The men’s doubles final will also be a clash between Indonesia and Japan. Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe has been in excellent form this week in Guangzhou, beating world leaders Gideon / Sukamuljo (INA) twice on their way to the final. Here they will be up against another Indonesian pair, the experience Hendra Setiawan /Mohammad Ahsan who beat a pair from Chinese Taipei in their semifinal.

To see all results from the semifinals of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals – click here.

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