Thaihot CHINA Open SS Premier 2014 : FINALS (16th November 2014)


Author: CLELY

Reference: Thaihot CHINA Open SS Premier 2014 FINALS

Venue : Haixia Olympic Sports Centre, Fuzhou-CHN

Total prize-money : US$700,000

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Finals day is expected to present clashes worth watching for badminton lovers. Host China has secured 1 WD title and there are still chances to add more titles as they have representatives in all 5 finals except WS category.

XD => Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (CHN, seeding 1) v Yoo Yeon Seong/Eom Hye Won (KOR)
Head-to-Head statistics : 1-0
On paper, top seed and multi champions ZZ are strong favourites to retain their 2011 title but the impressive KOR pair may spoil home fans as they did in last eight to eliminate one of top contender Xu C/Ma J.

WS => Saina Nehwal (IND, 6) v Akane Yamaguchi (JPN)
H-2-H : 0-0
Saina will capitalize on her experience against teenager Yamaguchi. The Japanese rising star, with so much talent in her tender age, has nothing to lose and she has done it brilliantly so far to knock out two elite players (Wang Shixian and Bae Yeon Ju) en route to this final. This will be an interesting final between the two players. A disastrous result for CHN in this discipline as none of their WS have advanced to the final. The last time China failed to win the WS title at homesoil was 2007 edition when Wong Mew Choo defeated Xie Xingfang after the Malaysian stunned two home players, Zhu Lin and Zhang Ning in the previous rounds.

MS => Kidambi Srikanth (IND) v Lin Dan (CHN)
H-2-H : 0-2
Third time meeting of different generations and the home hero is overwhelming favourite to bag his 6th title of CHN Open. Srikanth should just relax and enjoy the game to face an extraordinary player like LD. Lin Dan once again will become dependable player to save China pride in the men’s singles department.

WD => Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (CHN, 5) v Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN, 2)
H-2-H : 9-4
Both CHN pairs have a high potential to qualify for the Dubai SS Finals, and both have an equal chance for them to add another SS title. They’re so familiar each other so it will be tough to predict who will get the top prize tomorrow.

MD => Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR, 1) v Chai Biao/Hong Wei (CHN, 8)
H-2-H : 1-0
It’s heavy task for local pair to overcome the defending champion as they need their best strategies to break KOR solid defense.