While Saina won the title, Akane demonstrated a top-notch performance throughout, beating local shuttler and No. 2 seed Wang Shixian in the second round, moving on to beat Korean shuttler and No. 5 seed Bae Yeon Ju in the semifinal.
Marc Zwiebler (ARCSABER 11, SHB-87EX) impressed in the men’s singles, reaching the semifinals and defeating No. 1 seed and world No. 2 Chen Long in the second round. In the longest match of the day, Marc forced a decider in the second game competing neck-and-neck with the Chinese juggernaut. Coming back from 10-17 down, the German No. 1 fought tenaciously to win game 2 at 25-23. The deciding game was also tight, but Marc managed to secure the match with a score of 13-21, 25-23, 21-19.
The YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open commences tomorrow, so be sure to keep your eyes on YONEX shuttlers as they make their way to December’s Superseries Finals in Dubai.
Women’s Doubles (Final)
Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900) def. Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 80) 21-12 22-20