GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Entertainment

 
  Share

December 17 2017, Dubai, UAE:  Defending champion Viktor Axelsen reached his third straight Men's Singles final at the Dubai World Superseries Finals with a demolition job of China's Shi Yuqi in front of an appreciative and vocal crowd today.

In the final tomorrow at Hamdan Sports Complex, Axelsen faces familiar foe Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), a four-time champion at the World Superseries Finals but who has never triumphed in Dubai.

The Women's Singles final will see India's Pusarla V Sindhu against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi.

Yamaguchi's in-the-trenches resolve saw her fight out of trouble against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. The Japanese had a mountain to climb at 11-16 in the third game of an engrossing semi-final against Intanon, but staged a magnificent rearguard action to outlast the Thai 17-21 21-12 21-19 and make her first Dubai final.

Pusarla had her hands full against an opponent who was always in the right place at the right time. It was the Indian who had to do all the hard work, but the progress was incremental – Pusarla stitching up a lead, only to see Chen pulling close.

At a game and 15-11, the Indian had found momentum, but Chen was tenacious, and with every rally, Pusarla started to flag under the pace. A 57-shot rally found Pusarla bent over, with Chen narrowing the lead to 17-19; but the Chinese teen showed her inexperience and faltered on the last couple of points to enable the Indian to slip away at 21-15 21-18.

“It was a good quality match, even though it was over in straight games, there were a lot of long rallies. I'm happy to be the first Indian in the Women's Singles final here; I would like to become the first Indian to win the title as well!

Viktor Axelsen made his third straight final with a crushing 21-12 21-8 result over China's Shi Yuqi.

Axelsen stamped his dominance on the match from the beginning, showing greater intent than he had during his loss in the group match to Shi. The big Dane was all hustle, creating openings and killing the shuttle with precision. 

“It was a new day; unfortunately it seems like he suffered a bit,” said Axelsen. “I'm happy with the way I played. I felt a little bit (strain) in my back at the end of the second game, but it's okay now. I accepted that I might not be 120 percent. I've been in the final three times now, I hope I can make it two wins. I'm happy to be here, it's an awesome place, and I'm enjoying it.”

Lee Chong Wei had blown a big lead against Son Wan Ho yesterday in their group clash; today the Malaysian did not give his opponent an inch.

The four-time champion was all business throughout; the closest Son got was at 12-14 in the first, after which Lee steadily pulled ahead. It was even more one-sided in the second game, and Lee completed proceedings in 49 minutes at 21-17 21-11.

Fans had more than their share in the exciting doubles semi-finals too. Japan had the greatest reason to celebrate on semi-finals day as that nation impressively laid claim to the Women's Doubles title, with Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota advancing to the championship match.

Justifying their top billing in the Destination Dubai Rankings, two of the season's stellar partnerships calmly brushed aside their respective opposition to ensure Japan will win the coveted honour. Fukushima/Hirota started the ball rolling, smoothly ousting China's Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan, 21-13 21-14, and were later followed by Tanaka/Yonemoto. The latter withstood Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen, 21-19 21-19; the Danes fighting all the way despite admitting they were below par.

Meanwhile, driven by their sheer will to succeed, Gideon and Sukamuljo fought off arch-rivals, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, in a high-calibre shoot-out that had screaming spectators on the edges of their seats as momentum swung back and forth until decisively turning towards the ‘Minions' after the third-game interval. Livewire Sukamuljo terrorised the Japanese in the front court to seize the ascendancy, his lightning-quick interventions all but securing the 21-10 18-21 21-16 triumph in which he and Gideon deliriously delighted.

“We are very happy to get to our ninth Superseries final. It was a tough match and we had to try different strategies,” said Sukamuljo, ecstatic to avenge their round-robin loss to the same pair.

The recently-crowned BWF Male Players of the Year will face World champions, Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan, for the title. The Chinese titans calmly held off a spirited, if inconsistent, challenge from evergreen Danes, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, winning 21-17 21-16.

China will have their eyes on the Mixed Doubles prize also. Defending champions, Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen, romped to their second successive Dubai showdown, dismissing Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, 21-12 21-17. The Chinese were pleased to beat the Olympic and World champions to whom they have lost some key matches this season, including the World Championships final as well as title-deciders in France and Indonesia.

Across the net from them tomorrow will be Hong Kong's Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet whose rising stock soared even higher with a strong comeback versus another Chinese tandem, Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping. Tse, who was clinical at net in the dying stages of the third game, was almost lost for words in the aftermath of their 18-21 21-18 21-17 success.

The finals will be played on Sunday from 1pm -8pm in the following order: Mixed Doubles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Men's Singles.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 7552 times
Posted on : Sunday, December 17, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Englishwoman Towl wins inaugural Spartan Women's Sprint
Next Story : 4 Emiratis sizzle in dazzling start to AED 1 million Fazza Championship for Youlah
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Global brands with lowest cost at Karama Ware house sale from this Thursday
Glam's Makeup Launches in the Middle East
Review: Facial with Dr Renaud's range at Nazih
Glasshouse Collection from Olivia Burton
Hour Choice presents Coach New York Collection
Prevention, Not Cure: Kaya's ‘Hair Strength Therapies' Set to Rid the Gulf of it...
Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins the 2018 Omega European Masters
Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel
Introducing New Make-up From Rodial That You Need In Your Kit
Australia's Number No.1 Natural Skincare Brand* Partners With Jessica Kahawaty
Rado reimagines a bold 1960s classic for the 21st Century
Scuderia Ferrari presents Fall winter collection
Kate Spade New York Presents Debut Collection From Creative Director Nicola Gla...
Introducing VK Beauty Lounge & Bar
Alina Anwar Couture Launches in UAE
Introducing Home Fragrance at Robinsons, Dubai Festival City
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Takes the Luxury of Privacy to a New Level
British Classics Make a Comeback in Jack Wills AW18 Collections
Tata Communications Strengthens Cyber Defence in the Middle East with the Launch...
Facebook Launches Community Help on Facebook Lite
NARS Erdem SS19 Beauty Report
Bring a Touch of Sophistication to Your Home with The Exclusive SmegXDolce&Gabba...
Dubai Culture Organises ‘Writing Literature Novels and Editing them as Play Scri...
Roberto Cavalli's Exclusive Duo of Fragrances
Defying Age With Skin Republic's Gold and Platinum Face Masks
Diana Arno Expands Online Shopping to Middle East
‘Unseen Potential' - Art from Scrap and Discarded Parts
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi invites guests to enjoy the spectacular Friends & Family...
CNN's Inside the Middle East explores the region's evolving photography scene
New Google Search feature launches for job-seekers in Arab world
Lacoste.12.12 Collection
Honda voted “Preferred Sedan Car Brand of the Year” for the fourth year in a row
The Future Is Here
Trevor Sorbie Range Relaunches in the UAE
Al-Futtaim Toyota's Upgrade campaign brings back the hottest car deals
Al-Futtaim Toyota swoops another win at the Filipino Times Awards
Sheikh Zayed, the First Falconer and Nature Protector
Your skin needs more than just sunscreen
William Collection by Hugo Boss
UHOA goes live with #YouBeUganda at Expo 2018
PAN Emirates bedroom festival with discount up to 70%
Carl F. Bucherer Celebrates Debut of Its Online Boutique on Jd.Com Launch of Lim...
Mousses Etoiles to reveal the latest luxury designs of commercial-use outdoor fu...
Why the Modern-Day Oil and Gas Industry Needs Millennials to Survive?
Afghanistan Premium League T20 (APLT20) Draft 2018
Al-Futtaim ACE DIY and Home Security promotion
GROHE Smart Home: The App-Controlled Water Security System
MEAF gets the UAE community involved to commemorate World Arthritis Day
Tata Communications launches a specialised cyber security lab at Shanmugha Arts,...
Harmony and Sustainability Define Ideal Standard's ‘Esedra' Ceramic Bathroom Col...