Lee Chong Wei Crowned His Fifth YONEX OPEN JAPAN Title
- 15 June 2014
The men’s single final saw a characteristically heated and smash-heavy match between Lee Chong Wei (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE 2, SHB01LTD) and Hu Yun (NANORAY 750, SHBF1NLTD). Yun opened with a smash that had the shuttle kissing the net, and from then Lee Chong Wei commenced on his warpath. Smashing straight into his opponent’s body, Chong Wei was up 2-0. After that, it was a series of smashes and runs to the net by way of Chong Wei, snatching up a 6-1 lead. Yun tired to get ahead with smashes and net shots, but he was no match for Chong Wei’s overwhelming smashes, command of the court, and nearly flawless defense. As the match came to a close, Chong Wei’s accuracy only sharpened, with Yun’s errors increasing. The game ended with Yun shooting into the net, and Chong Wei winning at 21-14. The second game opened with Yun closing in with smashes, but with persistent unforced errors, leading at 2-0. However, Chong Wei tenaciously shot at Yun’s forehand side, leaving Yun lost. Despite Chong Wei losing the lead at 10-12, he upped the ante, and started to close in on Yun. With Yun’s unforced errors ever persistent, the match came to 20-12 in the blink of an eye. Chong Wei closed the match with a brilliant smash to his opponent’s forehand, scoring 11 consecutive points. “I want to stay in top form and continue winning. I am also very grateful to the passionate Malaysian fans that came here to cheer me on,” commented Chong Wei.
Ayaka Takahashi opened the all-Japanese final with her brilliant smash, dominating the first game with her partner Misaki Matsutomo from there. Grabbing a 5-0 lead right from the start, the first game transformed into an exchange of hard-hits and fast rallies. Reika Kakiiwa hit the shuttle out right at the end, with Ayaka/Misaki taking the first game at 21-13. Ayaka opened game 2 with a minor slip on the court, allowing Miyuki/Reika one point, but Misaki came in with some keen net play, taking the pair to 1-1. Miyuki/Reika took to the front of the court, attacking with a series of fierce smashes, taking the lead at 6-3. However, Miyuki/Reika’s performance was heavy with unforced errors, and Misaki came in with serious and consistent pressure in her net play, taking the lead for her and Ayaka at 17-8. With Ayaka/Misaki snagging the match point 20-14, Miyuki/Reika grew persistent, refusing to submit to defeat. However, after Miyuki flubbed a reception off of Ayaka’s smash, sending the shuttle into the net, it was all over. “We’re so happy to be the first Japanese women’s doubles pair to win at this tournament. We finally achieved our goal of getting a Superseries title,” commented Misaki. “We’re so happy we achieved our goal in our homeland. Our next goal is to get the World Championships title.”
The men’s doubles final proved to be a great battle between attackers and defenders. Indonesia’s offensive experts Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) faced off against Korea’s defensive experts Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in a match that made everyone’s heart skip a beat. However, the first set proved to be a fairly one-sided win for the Korean pair, with the Indonesian pair crumbling under the pressure of Lee/ Yoo’s ironclad defense. The first set ended with the Lee/Yoo victorious at 21-12. Lead by the Korean pair at the beginning of the second set at 0-2, the Indonesian pair leveled things out to 2-2 with their receptions and Mohammad’s intense pressure. Mohammad and Hendra managed to grasp the lead in the second game at and reached game point at 20-18. However, the Indonesian pair’s performance grew heavy with errors once more, with the Korean pair catching up to them at 20-20. The match came down to a heated back-and-forth between the two pairs, both catching up to each other at every turn. In an arena teeming with anxiousness and excitement, every point taken was complimented with screams from the audience. The match ended with the Korean pair taking the match at 21-12 26-24, but Mohammad/ Hendra nevertheless managed to charm the audience with their out-of-this-world speed and relays.
Michael Fuchs (VOLTRIC 80)/Birgit Michels (NANORAY 700FX) exhibited great performance in this year’s Yonex Open Japan. They defeated Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin in round 2 by 21-18 23-25 21-19 and beat Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na in straight sets at 21-12 22-20 in the quarterfinal. They came up as runners-up in this year’s Yonex Open Japan, and impressed the crowd with their passionate plays.
Tournament Result: Finals
Li Xuerui (CHN) def. Tai Tzu Ying (TPE) 21-16 21-6
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Reika Kakiiwa /Miyuki Maeda (JPN) 21-13 21-17
Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. Michael Fuchs (VOLTRIC 80)/Birgit Michels (NANORAY 700FX)(GER) 21-12 21-16