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YONEX ambassadors make finals day

09 March 2014

Lee Chong Wei (VTZF2, SHB01LTD) continued his emphatic form to reach the YONEX All England Open Championships Final.

Chong Wei faced Korean Son Wan Ho in today’s semi final. Wan Ho, who defeated ace Japanese shuttler Kenichi Tago in the quarter finals, started confidently and sped into a first game lead. Wan Ho’s aggressive and sharp attacks were too strong for Chong Wei as the Korean took Game 1 21-14.

Wan Ho continued to pressure Chong Wei in the early stages of Game 2. After being behind for much of the game, Chong Wei came out fighting, hitting the shuttle with greater accuracy. Chong Wei’s precise play moved his opponent around the court, forcing Wan Ho into errors, which led to him taking Game 2 21-19.

In the deciding game, Wan Ho raced into a 5-1 lead. Chong Wei quickly overturned the deficit with a pure demonstration of powerful smashes. Using his new weapon, the VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, the World No. 1 delivered winner after winner to put his opponent on the back foot. Chong Wei continued to control the rally and raced into an unassailable lead, winning 14-21, 21-19, 21-15, to set up a All England Final rematch with Chen Long of China.

World No. 1 pairing Mohammad Ahsan (ARC-FB, SHB87LTD) and Hendra Setiawan (NR800, SHBF1NLTD) were almost unplayable in their semi final with fellow Indonesians Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Markis Kido.

It was a display of destructive badminton from Ahsan and Setiawan as they dominated their opponents with unstoppable net play and quick driving shots. The duo dismissed their opponents with consummate ease 21-7, 21-12 to set up a final with Japanese World No. 2 pair Hiroyuki Endo (VTZF2) and Kenichi Hayakawa.

YONEX is proud to be represented on finals day as our ambassadors take to the court with VOLTRIC power, ARCSABER control and NANORAY speed. We wish all players good luck and hope to see a YONEX champion crowned tomorrow.


Tournament Results: Semifinal

Men’s Singles

[1]Lee Chong Wei (VTZF2, SHB01LTD)(MAS) def. Son Wan Ho (KOR) 14-21 21-19 21-15

Men’s Doubles

[1]Mohammad Ahsan (ARC-FB, SHB87LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NR800, SHBF1NLTD) def. Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Markis Kido (INA) 21-7 21-12

[2]Hiroyuki Endo (VTZF2)/Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel (KOR) 16-21 21-17 21-13