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Danes eyeing first Superseries title

Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl have tasted success in the mixed doubles, but have yet to get their hands on an OSIM BWF World Superseries women’s doubles title.

KamilaThey, however, are supremely confident of ending their drought after beating the top seeds in the Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton on Friday.

Juhl (left), who won a world title with Thomas Laybourn in 2009 and Pedersen, whose partnership with Joachim Fischer Nielsen is among the best in the world, were all smiles after beating Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa 21-19, 21-9.

“We have never won a women’s doubles Superseries event, but we are confident in righting that record in Kuala Lumpur,” said Juhl. “It is slightly easier as the world champions (Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang) are not here.

“Having said that, we won’t be underestimating the rest of the pairs in the draw. We have been playing well these past few months and hopefully we can make the breakthrough this week.”

Pedersen said: “To be honest, we don’t even know who we will be meeting in the semi-finals as we have just been concentrating on one match at a time. I know it is a cliché, but that’s the truth.

“As Kamila said, we are playing well and maybe the time is right for us to win the elusive title.”

The Danes will meet China’s Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin, who had an easy time in their quarter-finals as Malaysian youngsters Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei retired from the match after an injury while trailing 21-14, 9-4.

Mami 3rdFourth seeds Mami Naito-Shizuka Matsuo of Japan (right), defeated Taipei’s Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 and will now meet Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung.

“Even though we lost the first game, we were confident of winning. We knew we had to be patient and not lose focus. We have never beaten Ha and Kim before so we need to get working on some plans on how to do this,” said Naito, who will be hoping to enter her first Superseries final.

Jung Eun-Min Jung survived a scare before beating Malaysia’s Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty 21-19, 21-10.

In the men’s singles, Lee Chong Wei outplayed Taufik Hidayat to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.

The world No. 1, who is chasing a record equalling eighth title, crushed the former world and Olympic champion 21-9, 21-18 and will now meet Chen Long of China in the semi-finals.

“I’m delighted to have reached the semi-finals where I will meet Chen Long. I think he is one of the strongest opponents in this tournament. He is young and very aggressive player,” said Chong Wei.

“The pressure is on my side because I’m the defending champion, and playing on the home ground. I hope I can maintain my form from Korea where I won the title.”

If Chong Wei goes on to win the title, he will equal Wong Peng Soon’s record of eight men’s titles.

For full results, click here.

Men’s singles: Chen Jin (CHN) bt Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) 21-16, 20-22, 21-6; Chen Long (CHN) bt Sho Sasaki (JPN) 21-19, 21-17 ; Lee Chong Wei (MAS) bt Taufik Hidayat (INA) 21-9, 21-18; Kenichi Tago (JPN) bt Simon Santoso (INA) 21-15, 21-9.

Men’s doubles: Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu (TPE) bt Hong Wei-Shen Ye (CHN) 23-21, 21-14; Cho Gun Woo-Shin Baek Choel (KOR) bt Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato (JPN) 17-21, 21-9, 21-14; Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (JPN) bt Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang 15-21, 24-22, 21-19; Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong (CHN) bt Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (INA) 21-16, 18-21, 21-17.

Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal (IND) bt Tine Baun (DEN) 21-13, 21-23, 21-13; Wang Xin (CHN) bt Jiang      Yanjiao (CHN) 21-15, 21-19; Wang Yihan (CHN) bt Li Xuerui (CHN) 21-13, 21-15; Wang Shixian (CHN) bt Juliane Schenk (GER) 21-15, 21-19.

Women’s doubles: Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung (KOR) bt Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty (MAS) 21-19, 21-10; Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (JPN) bt Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin (TPE) 17-21, 21-12, 21-19; Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN) bt Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa (JPN) 21-19, 21-9; Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (CHN) bt Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (MAS) 21-14, 9-4 Retired.

Mixed doubles: Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (INA) bt Maneepong Jongjit-Savitree Amitapai (THA) 22-20, 21-9; Chen Xu-Ma Jin (CHN) bt Lee Yong Dae-Ha Jung Eun (KOR) 21-18, 21-12; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (CHN) bt Alexandr Nikolaenko-Valeri Sorokina (RUS) 21-17, 21-19; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (MAS) bt Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo (SIN) 21-13, 14-21, 27-25.


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