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The Rise of a New Champion in the Mens Doubles

Among the finalists, the majority of the players have previously won the Indonesia Open. Tai Tzu Ying is in the chase for her third Indonesia Open title. For Tai Tzu Ying, it has been twice, in 2016 and 2018. Meanwhile, Axelsen and Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida are the defending champions. On the other hand, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota won 2018 and 2019 and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong in 2019.

It is only from the men's doubles where a new champion will emerge. Two unseeded pairs Choi Sol-gyu/Kim Won-ho from South Korea will meet Chinese representatives Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuanyi. Choi Sol-gyu/Kim Won-ho, ranked 83 in the world, won three games 13-21, 21-12, 21-18 over eighth seed Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen from Denmark. Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuanyi, ranked 75th in the world, beat the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalists who are seeded in fifth place Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in two straight games 21-18, 21-13.

Choi Sol-gyu/Kim Won-ho and Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuanyi have met once, namely in the semifinals of the 2022 Korea Masters. The match which was held on April 16 was won by Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuanyi in two straight games 21-19, 21-16.

The opportunity was granted after she made sure to qualify for the final round. Her chance of winning is somewhat bigger given that the opponent she’s about to face is an unseeded player. Tai Tzu Ying, the second seed from Chinese Taipei, confirmed her ticket to the final round after defeating one of her arch rival, Chen Yu Fei from China, with three games 10-21, 26-24, 21-12 at Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Saturday ( 18/6/2022). These results add to her record of wins to 17 times during 21 meetings. She had lost to Chen Yu Fei only at one game that will always be remembered by the badminton public which was during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In the final, Tai Tzu Ying, who was seeded in first place, lost and had to settle for a silver medal.

In the final round of the Indonesia Open 2022, Tai Tzu Ying, who was in first rank in the world for over 200 weeks will meet another Chinese representative, Wang Zhi Yi. In the semifinals, the unseeded badminton player defeated her own partner, He Bingjiao, in straight games 21-15, 21-10. In the championship with a total prize of USD 1.2 million, Wang Zhi Yi made several surprises. In the second round, she defeated fifth seed and former Olympic champion Carolina Marin from Spain. Then in the quarter-finals, she defeated Japan's top seed Akane Yamaguchi. To continue her chain of surprises in the final round of the Indonesia Open 2022 is not an easy task. Tai Tzu Ying is back to her best and is in high confidence. This year, she had already won one title at the Thailand Open and also has some energy boost after defeating Chen Yu Fei.

 

In 2022, Axelsen once again qualifies for the final round and will face an unseeded badminton player from China Zhao Jun Peng. Axelsen's opportunity to win is wide open. He was able to overcome his toughest obstacle, Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia, whom he struggled to defeat in a rubber game 19-21, 21-11, 23-21. Zhao Jun Peng, ranked 35 in the world, qualified for the final after defeating Prannoy H.S. from India two straight games 21-16, 21-15.

 

Axelsen versus Zhao's meeting today will be the sixth time. In the previous five matches, Axelsen, who is also ranked number one in the world, has won four matches. The last meeting of the two occurred in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters 2020.

 

In the women's doubles, Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida from Japan, the sixth seed, qualified for the final after a 21-15, 21-14 victory over the seventh seed from Thailand, Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai. In the previous round, Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai made a surprise match by bringing down the first seed Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan. In the final, Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida met the fourth seeded Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, who in the semifinals defeated the second seed from South Korea Lee So-hee/Shin Seung-chan 9-21, 21-14, 21 -18.

 

Even though they are from the same country, Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota have only met once. It happened at the 2019 Korea Open and won by Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida 21-18, 22-20.

 

Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong, who are seeded in second place, will meet third seed Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino of Japan in the mixed doubles final. In the semifinals, Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong defeated their own teammates Wang Yilyu/Huang Dong Ping 21-6, 21-14 and Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino won three games 21-18, 17-21, 21-15 over Seo Seung- jae/Chae Yoo-jung, sixth seed from South Korea.

 

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