It's Day 3 of YONEX OPEN JAPAN 2012 on Friday, September 21st.
At the opening match, No. 8 seed Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How (VTZF) and Tan Wee Kiong (VTZF) advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 4 seed and local Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto (VT70) and Noriyasu Hirata(NR800), 21-19 21-11.
In the semifinals, Thien How and Wee Kiong will challenge fellow Malaysian stars, Koo Kien Keat (VTZFLTD) andTan Boon Heong (VTZFLTD), who defeated Japan’sNaoki Kawamae (VT70) and Shoji Sato (VT80), 21-10 17-21 21-10.
Powerful and speedy performance from Boon Heong and Kien Keat will attract the spectators at Yoyogi Gymnasium.
Lee Chong Wei (VTZFLTD) looked like playing at his home Malaysia. Facing fellow Malaysian Chong Wei Feng(VTZF), Chong Wei was testing various of his skills for the semifinals tomorrow because they know each other well. Regarding his tactics, “It depends on the opponent and situation on the court.” Please don’t miss his another performance tomorrow.
Chong Wei’s opponent in the semifinals is Indonesia’s Simon Santoso (AT900P), who defeated Taufik Hidayat(ARC10) by 21-9 21-14 today. It would be Taufik’s last match at YONEX OPEN JAPAN because he announced that he would retire at the Indonesia Open next year. Taufik gave us his impression for Japan. “I can always feel warm atmosphere out there because Japanese people give me a big hand whether I win or not.”
In the women’s doubles, two Japanese pair advanced to the semifinals. For Miyuki Maeda (VT70) and Satoko Suetsuna (CAB35), it was easier match against Thailand pair, however, Shizuka Matsuo (AT900T) and Mami Naito (NS9900) played a tough match against Korea’s Eom Hye Won and Jang Ye Na. They were very patient to win each long and tough rally to win in the end.
Tournament Results [Day 3]
Eriko Hirose (ARC9FL)(JPN) def. Yeon Ju Bae (KOR) 21-7 21-15
Shintaro Ikeda (JPN)/Reiko Shiota (VT80)(JPN) def. Kang Ji Wook (KOR)/Jang Ye Na (KOR) 21-16 21-15
Takeshi Kamura (VTZF)(JPN)/Koharu Yonemoto (NS8000)(JPN) def. Anders Kristiansen (DEN)/Julie Houmann (DEN) 22-20 18-21 21-15