Chen ends Yamaguchi's dream of 2nd All England title
published : 19 Mar 2023 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
China's Chen Yufei knocked out defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women's singles semi-finals of the US$1.25 million BWF All England Open in Birmingham yesterday.
Tokyo Olympic champion Chen, who is seeded fourth in Birmingham, eased past top seed Yamaguchi 21-17, 21-8 to book her place in the final of the World Tour Super 1000 event at Utilita Arena Birmingham.
Chen, who won the tournament in 2019, will play the winner of the second semi-final between South Korean second seed An-Se Young, who was a finalist last year, and third seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan, the two-time champion (2018 and 2020).
In the mixed doubles semi-finals, top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China edged past Rehan Kusharjanto and Lisa Kusumawati of Indonesia 21-17, 13-21, 21-13.
They will face either Seo Seung-Jae and Chae Yu-Jung or Kim Won-Ho and Jeong Na-Eun, both from South Korea, in today's decider.
Seo and Chae knocked out Thai hopes Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the quarter-finals on Friday night.
The Thai third seeds went down to the Korean pair in three games 21-18, 13-21, 21-14.
In the women's doubles semis, Baek Ha-Na and Lee So-Hee of South Korea defeated Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela of India 21-10, 21-10 to become the first team to reach the final yesterday.
They will play either sixth seeds Kim So-Yeong and Kong Hee-Yong of South Korea or third seeds Zhang Shuxian and Zheng Yu of China in the title match.
In the men's singles semis, Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia, the highest ranked men's player in the field at No.4, was to play China's Shi Yu Qi, the 2018 All England winner while Denmark's Anders Antonsen was to play China's Li Shi Feng in the other semi-final.