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Koreans and Danish pairs going for glory

Two pairs who have never won an OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament – Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung of South Korea and Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter-Juhl – will contest the women’s doubles final at the Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton on Sunday.

Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Juhl (NR celebrate semis Mas)Pedersen and Juhl (left), are established mixed doubles players, with Juhl partnering Thomas Laybourn to the 2009 world title, while Pedersen and Thomas Fischer Nielsen have already claimed a bagful of Superseries titles and are considered dark horses for Olympic glory later this year.

However, they have yet to taste success in the women’s doubles and this is something they hope to put right in Kuala Lumpur.

“It was a great match because it is never easy playing against a Chinese pair and beating them,” said Juhl, after the 21-14, 21-13 victory over Japan open champions Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin.

“I thought we really played well and the Chinese were a little afraid of us and it feels great entering the final for the first time as a pair.

“We have a good chance to qualify for the Olympics and winning in Malaysia will help our cause.”

Second seeds Jung Eun-Min Jung reached the final by beating Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito 17-21, 21-15, 21-11 to remain undefeated against the fourth seeds.

Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (NR semis Mas)A disappointed Naito, said: “We paid the price for being too defensive after the opening game.

“We keep making the same mistakes against them and I thought this time we could end our jinx.

“We should have allowed the Koreans the chance to attack us as that is their strong point. It is a bitter lesson for us but we have can take some pride in reaching the semi-finals as it will help us for the Olympics later this year.”

Meanwhile, Taipei’s Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu will be aiming for their third Superseries crown of their career in the men’s doubles final.

Chien Min-Sheng Mu, who won the Singapore and Indonesian Opens in 2010, defeated India Open champions Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata of Japan 21-19, 18-21, 21-12 to book their tickets to the gold medal match.

Waiting for them will be South Korea’s Cho Gun Woo-Shin Baek Choel, who edged defending champions Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong 26-24, 23-21 in a see-saw battle which saw the lead change many times.

For full results, click here.

Semi-finals
Men
Singles: Kenichi Tago (Japan) bt Chen Jin (China) 3-2 retired; Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) bt Chen Long (China) 21-18, 17-21, 21-13.
Doubles: Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu (Taipei) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Japan) 21-19, 18-21, 21-12;  Cho Gun Woo-Shin Baek Choel (South Korea) bt Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong (China) 26-24, 23-21.

Women
Singles: Wang Yihan (China) bt Saina Nehwal (India) 21-15, 21-16; Wang Xin (China) bt Wang Shixian (China) 21-12, 25-23.
Doubles: Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung (South Korea) bt Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Japan) 17-21, 21-15, 21-11; Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter-Juhl (Denmark) Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (China) 21-14, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Xu Chen-Ma Jin (China) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) 21-17, 21-14; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (China) bt Chan Peng Soo-Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) 21-13, 21-16.

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