Polii & Gunawan Take YONEX Chinese Taipei Open Titles
- 22 July 2014
YONEX Open Chinese Taipei 2014 drew a huge crowd of 22,580 spectators to the Taipei Arena throughout the week. In women’s doubles, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NMX)/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari defeated 2013 world champions Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang of China to win the title. In men’s doubles another Indonesian duo, Hendra Aprida Gunawan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE, SHB-87EX)/Andrei Adistia, were the champions.
Greysia/Nitya had a see-saw first game against the No. 1 seeded Chinese pair. While Xiaoli/Yang attacked aggressively, the Indonesian pair played with tenacity, leading their opponents around the court skillfully. Greysia/Nitya finally took the game after Xiaoli failed to return at 21-18. Continuing their great performance, Indonesia opened the second game with a 2-0 lead. Not only did the Indonesian pair manage to keep the lead, but they also expanded it to 19-8 against the 2013 world champions. Despite Xiaoli/Yang maintaining their aggressive performance, they committed many errors during the second game against the rock-solid Indonesian duo. Greysia/Nitya won the title with final score of 21-18 21-11, achieving their second win against Xiaoli/Yang, and tying their head to head record at 2-2.
Hendra/Andrei, March’s YONEX-SUNRISE Malaysia Grand Prix Gold semifinalists, faced young Chinese pair, Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen in the men’s doubles final. While the first game proved to be no trouble for Indonesia, the second game was a different story, with the Chinese duo dominating. In the decider, China took the first point with an error from Andrei. However, the Indonesian pair came back taking four consecutive points, and were able to keep the lead until the end of the match. Hendra/Andrei finally took their first title as a pair with a score of 21-14 16-21 21-16.
Indonesia has been boasting wonderful performance recently, and is proving to be a threat to China along with Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and India. The BWF World Championships are set to start in almost one month, on August 25th, so be sure to keep an eye on their further performances there.
Tournament Results: Finals
Lin Dan (CHN) def. Wang Zhengming (CHN) 21-19 21-14
Hendra Aprida Gunawan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE, SHB-87EX)/Andrei Adistia (INA) def. Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (CHN) 21-14 16-21 21-16
Sung Ji Hyun (KOR) def. Liu Xin (F) (CHN) 21-13 21-18
Liu Yuchen/Yu Xiaohan (CHN) def. Alfian Eko Prasetya/Annisa Saufika (INA) 21-12 21-14