Koo & Tan Become Runners-up at YONEX French Open
- 28 October 2013
Kien Keat and Boon Heong, who are No. 6 in the world, played with speedy rally and fast smashes to reach the final. They had three tough matches en route to the final and the spectator was excited to watch their symbolic powerful and unpredicted skills, although they lost to Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Markis Kido in the final by 21-16 21-18.
In the semifinal of the men’s singles, Kenichi Tago defeated world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (VTZF, SHB01LTD) for the first time in his career. Their last meeting was the final of YONEX OPEN JAPAN in September and Chong Wei won at that time. Improving his attacking tactics, Kenichi’s clear winners confused Chong Wei and Kenichi finally closed the match with 17-21 21-16 21-12. It was the last round of matches on Saturday, so the arena was packed and the spectator was so excited to see the see-saw game. Kenichi became the runner-up of the event after he lost to Jan O Jorgensen, 21-19 23-21.
Indonesian Greysia Polii, who also uses NANORAY Z-SPEED, advanced to the semifinal of women’s doubles by defeating world No.1 ranked Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang of China. The world champion Chinese duo attacked with solid smashes, however, Greysia and her partner Nitya Krishinda Maheswari showed amazing defense performance to win the nail-biting match with 21-17 14-21 23-21. They proved that Indonesian players now can defeat Chinese players, the giant of badminton.
In the mixed doubles, the English pair Chris Adcock (VTZF)/Gabrielle White (VT80) also defeated the world champion, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir in the quarterfinal. Chris and Gabrielle played very clever game to move the opponents around the court. Against the tough opponents, they won the match in a straight set, 22-20 21-17.
Tournament Results - Finals
Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) def. Kenichi Tago (JPN) 21-19 23-21
Wang Shixian (CHN) def. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA) 21-18 21-18
Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua (CHN) def. Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) 21-13 21-17
Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. Xu Chen/Ma Jin (CHN) 28-26 21-17