Houwei beats top seed Jorgensen to reach final in Dubai
China's Tian Houwei (Image above) stunned top seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to reach Sunday's men's singles final in the season-ending grand finale - the Dubai Superseries Finals.
The Chinese ace outplayed the Dane in a three-set thriller 21-17, 19-21, 21-13 in a 62-minute semi-final battle at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
In the final Houwei will face another Danish hurdle - Rio Olympics bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen who came through a 21-17, 21-19 win over Korea's second seeded Son Wan-ho in 50 minutes. It was the reverse in the group stage when the Korean beat the Dane 21-19, 14-21, 21-18.
It is Axelsen second successive final in the Dubai Superxseries Finals. He lost to Japan's Kento Momota in last year's final.
The women's singles final will see Taiwan's current world No 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying take on Korea's Sung Ji-hyun. Tzu Ying, the 2014 champion, will get the chance for revenge against the Korean who beat her 21-15, 21-17 in a Group A match on Friday.
Ji-hyun, who is enjoying a brilliant run in Dubai, was in form to defeat India's Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu. However, Ji-hyun had to dig into her reserves before prevailing 21-15, 18-21, 21-15 in 76 minutes.
The men's doubles final went according to the seedings with top seeds Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda facing world No 1 and second seeds Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong for the title.
In the semi-finals the Japanese, losing finalists last year, snuffed out Europe's hopes and challenge with a masterful display against Denmark's Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding for a convincing 21-17, 21-19 win.
V Shem-Wee Kiong snatched a 21-18, 21-16 win over China's Chai Biao-Hong Wei but face a tough match against the Japanese who are touted as the favourites for the title.
Olympics champions Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi showed championship form when they whipped Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christina Pedersen 21-12, 21-11 n the semi-finals which was a repeat of the final in Rio.
Their opponents in the final are young Chinese sensation Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan - 23-21, 22-20 winners over the experienced Korean pair of Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee.
Defending champions Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England, will take on China's Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen for the mixed doubles title.
The husband and wife English team defeated All-England champions Preveen Jordan-Debby Susanto 21-19, 17-21, 21-9 in 62 minutes while the Siwei-Qingchen combination sidelined Denmark's Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen 21-14, 21-18.
Tian Houwei (Chn) beat Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-17, 19-21, 21-13
Viktor Axelsen (Den) beat San Wan-ho (Kor) 21-17, 21-19
Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 21-15, 18-21, 21-15
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Sun Yu (Chn) 21-19 21-19
Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) beat Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 21-17, 21-19
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 21-18, 21-16
Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) beat Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-12, 21-11
Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 23-21. 22-20
Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) beat Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-19, 17-21, 21-9
Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-14, 21-18