The Long Awaited Final! Will Lee Chong Wei Get a Third Consecutive Win, or Will Hu Yun Snag the Champion Title He's Always Wanted?
- 14 June 2014
Eyes on His Fifth Yonex Open Japan Title, Lee Chong Wei Faces Veteran Hu Yun
Beijing and London silver medalist, Lee Chong Wei is shooting for his fifth championship title at Yonex Open Japan, etching another legend into badminton history. If he wins, he will have five titles at Yonex Open Japan to his name—the most of any player—and will certainly leave an impression on fans for decades to come. Still in top form at full power, he took down Japanese ace Kenichi Tago overwhelmingly in the semifinal. His performance is unmatched, exhibiting the fastest speed in the world on the court, smashing the shuttle deep, then immediately running towards the net. In this final, he will definitely display his super-human ability for fans to marvel at. Veteran Hu Yun, who turns 33 in August of this year, came from behind to win against world No.3 Jan O Jorgensen, and is moving on into the finals. Only making it into a Superseries final once two years ago, Yun became very emotional about his semifinal victory, exclaiming, “I’m just really, really glad.” With a play style heavily focused around craft, he had this to say about his performance on the court: “While I’m low on power, I take points by way of my techniques. I save my energy until the second half of the match, and get my opponent when he’s exhausted.” Will Hu Yun be able to stop the speeding bullet that is Lee Chong Wei with his superb technique? Fans will have to wait and see.
Comments from the players
Lee Chong Wei
“With the Thomas Cup just ending two weeks ago at the end of May, I can’t say I’m in the best condition. However, I want to grab a victory for my sponsor, Yonex, in their country, Japan. I will fight valuing each and every point I score.”
“Laughing at tough points in the match? I’m a veteran, and am used to being in many tight spots, that’s way I can play calmly now. Tomorrow, more than victory, I will simply do like I did in the semifinal; take things rally-by-rally.”
Indonesian World Champions Take On the Korean Doubles Kingdom
It’s a battle between offence and defense in this men’s doubles final. Offence specialists, Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan commanded 2013’s World Championships with their fast, accurate attacks. It doesn’t matter where in the court the shuttle goes, these two will hit back relentlessly. Even in tight relays, these two remain playful, catching their opponents off guard with shots that come out of nowhere. The opposing defense specialists, Korean pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong erect an iron wall with their receptions. Possessing truly legendary defensive power, no matter how cornered, these two will strike back with a cross. Only pairing up in August of last year, these two already have two Superseries titles under their belts. Lee’s forward guard, which he has continued brilliantly from high school through to his ascension to the world stage is nothing short of genius. Complimenting his partner, Yoo is able accurately read his opponent, and hit strongly before they can do anything. They are said to resemble the “God of Doubles,” Park Joo-Bong, current head coach for the Japanese national team. It’s either Indonesia’s machinegun shuttles, or Korea’s firm defense. Either way, victory lies at the end at what is likely to be a match with several long rallies.
Comments from the pairs
Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan
“Doesn’t matter if we end up laughing or crying tomorrow, since this is the end, we’ll just take our strength as far as it takes us.”
Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong
“We’ve faced this pair a few times before. If we don’t focus on what we know about them, we can’t win. What we have to focus on now is mental preparation.”
Tournament Result: Semifinals
Hu Yun (NR750)(HKG) def. Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) 21-13 19-21 21-15
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Jang Ye Na/Kim So Young (KOR) 21-9 21-17
Reika Kakiiwa /Miyuki Maeda (JPN) def. Jung Kyung Eun/Kim Ha Na (KOR) 21-13 19-21 21-15