All four players put on a scintillating performance this evening, across two marathon matches which went the distance. Making it his third match to come within 6 minutes either side of the hour, Onodera looked unphased in the third and deciding game this evening, sussing out his game plan to execute a comfortable victory to book a place in tomorrow’s Final.
Meanwhile, the passion from Lim Chong and Niluka was evident in their deciding game as both players were bursting at the lungs by the end of their numerous rallies which went over the one-minute mark. At 19-19 in the decider, Niluka pushed one wide before Lim Chong set up a perfect attack to see out the game in style.
- Yusuke Onodera (JPN) vs Chi Yu Jen (TPE) 21-11 15-21 21-10
- Lim Chong King (MAS) vs Niluka Karunaratne (SRI) 21-12 12-21 21-19
Japan’s Shiori Ebihara completed the route from qualification all the way through tomorrow’s final, following a compelling victory over fellow compatriot and last week’s South Australia International Champion, Natsuki Nidaira.
Standing in her way of completing the impressive feat is Malaysia’s Kisona Selvadurav. The eighth seed stormed past her opponent in the first end this evening, before En-Tzu fought back to take the game in extension, and despite holding two match points, En-Tzu wasn’t able to convert.
- Kisona Selvaduray (MAS) vs Hung En-Tzu (TPE) 21-13 25-23
- Shiori Ebihara (JPN) vs Natsuki Nidaira (JPN) 21-13 21-15
Peter and Alvin lit up the hall as they took the first game in front of the large Filipino supporter’s club. Their opponents were quick to retaliate, taking the second game before leading the third with five match point opportunities. However, the Filipino’s refused to let go of the opportunity and stuck fortune when the drop shot rolled over the top of the net on their first match point opportunity and sealing a spot in tomorrow’s Final.
Tomorrow, they’ll have to compete against another pair from Chinese Taipei as Chen and Lin overcame China’s Cai and Zhang in yet another thrilling three game Semi-Final.
- Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Alvin Morada (PHI) vs Liao Kuan Hao/Po Li-Wei (TPE) 21-19 18-21 26-24
- Chen Xin-Yuan/Lin Yu Chieh (TPE) vs Cai Rui Qing/Zhang Si Jie (CHN) 21-14 19-21 21-16
Both Semi-Finals was a constant battle over the best counter-attack as all players duelled in long rallies. A standout rally saw Cheng and Tseng engage in a crucial 42-shot rally towards the end of the first game.
Despite losing said point, it didn’t dampen the pairs spirit and they booked their place in tomorrow’s final. They will be looking to avenge Malaysia’s Pearly Tan and Muralitharan tomorrow, in an exact repeat of last week’s Semi-Final in Adelaide, which the Malaysian’s won in two.
- Tan Pearly Koong Le/Muralitharan Thinaah (MAS) vs Rin Iwanaga/Kie Nakanishi (JPN) 21-18 21-16
- Cheng Yu Chieh/Tseng Yu-Chi (TPE) vs Teoh Mei Xing/Yap Ling (MAS) 21-19 21-18
New Zealand’s Leydon-Davis and Pak didn’t seem phased by the loud Filipino supporters in this evening’s Semi-Finals. By the end, the Filipino’s weren’t able to break through Pak’s impressive defense while Leydon-Davis patiently set up the winning opportunities to take the game in two.
However, it wasn’t complete heartbreak for the Filipino team as Magnaye and Pomar executed an effective game plan which only just let their opponents reach double figures.
- Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Thea Marie Pomar (PHI) vs Po Li-Wei/Yu Chien Hui (TPE) 21-13 21-11
- Oliver Leydon-Davis/Anona Pak (NZL) vs Alvin Morada/Alyssa Yasbel Leonardo (PHI) 21-15 21-18
View all statistics and match results from day four, along with the schedule for tomorrow’s Finals on Tournament Software.
The Finals will begin at 10am local time (GMT + 10) on Sunday 22 September – all five matches will be available to view on the live stream for free, powered by OVO.