China’s Zhang Yiman was unable to back up her surprise quarter-final win at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Macau Open as she missed out on a place in tomorrow’s women’s singles final.
Zhang had surprised top seed Aya Ohori of Japan yesterday at the BWF Grand Prix Gold event.
She looked on course to follow the victory with semi-final success in the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, when she claimed the opening game 22-20 in her tie against Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po.
The momentum shifted in the second game of the contest, with Pai eventually overhauling her rival to win 20-22, 21-16, 21-11.
Pai will now face Cai Yanyan in the final, with the Chinese player having eased to a 21-16, 21-13 win against second seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong.
There was a comfortable win for Japan’s Kento Momota in the men’s singles event, as he beat Lee Hyun Il of South Korea in straight games, 21-8, 21-10.
Momota will meet a rested Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in tomorrow’s final, with the Indonesian having received a walkover in his last four match.
He had been due to face Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli, but his opponent withdrew after sustaining an injury in a fall during his quarter-final match.
South Korea’s Kim Won Ho and Seung Jae Seo ousted the top seeds Chinese Taipei's Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang in the men’s singles draw.
The pairing surprisingly dominated throughout the contest, winning 21-19, 21-8.
Kim and Seung will take on Indonesia’s Wahyu Nyaka Arya Pangkaryanira and Ade Yusuf Santoso.
They came from behind to beat Hong Kong’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man 16-21, 21-17, 21-12.
An all-South Korea women’s doubles semi-final saw Ha Na Baek and Yu Rim Lee overcome Kim So Yeong and Hee Yong Kong 12-21, 21-16, 21-19.
China’s Huang Yaqiong and Yu Xiaohan will provide the opposition in the final, following their 21-18, 21-15 triumph against Indonesia’s Della Destiara Haris and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah.
China and South Korea will also be represented in the mixed doubles final.
Fifth seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong emerged as 21-12, 21-12 winners over Malaysia in their semi-final.
The Chinese duo will take on Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na, following the South Koreans 19-21, 21-15, 21-11 win over Hong Kong’s Reginald Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah.