Sayaka Takahashi helped Japan to reach the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships final ©Getty Images

Defending champions Japan advanced to the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships final in Hong Kong.

The Japanese began as favourites against Indonesia at Queen Elizabeth Stadium and lived up to expectations.

Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi gave them a perfect start by winning their men’s doubles match.

The duo secured a 21-11, 21-18 win over Frengky Wijaya Putra and Sabar Karyaman Gutama.

Sayaka Takahashi put Japan on the brink of victory when she won the women’s singles 21-15, 21-15 against Ruselli Hartawan.

Despite losing the opening game of the men’s singles, Kanta Tsuneyama eventually secured a 15-21, 21-17, 21-16 win over Shesar Hiren Rhustavito to secure Japan’s place in the final.

The final two matches in the tie were not played.

China matched Japan’s effort as they secured a 3-0 victory over Hong Kong.

He Jiting and Du Yue battled to a 21-10, 20-22, 21-14 win over Tang Chun Man and Ng Tsz Yau in the mixed doubles to put China in front.

Lu Guangzu then eased to a 21-18, 21-9 triumph in the men’s singles against Lee Cheuk Yiu.

China’s place in the final was assured when Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong battled from a game down to beat Chang Tak Ching and Yeung Ming Nok.

The final is due to take place tomorrow.

Lu Guangzu won his men's singles match in China's victory over Hong Kong ©Getty Images
Lu Guangzu won his men's singles match in China's victory over Hong Kong ©Getty Images

Play will also continue at the Badminton World Federation Orléans Masters, a World Tour Super 100 tournament in France.

Dutchman Mark Caljouw saw his attempt to win the men's title for a third consecutive year come to an end.

He suffered a 21-19, 23-21 loss to France’s Thomas Rouxel in the men’s semi-finals.

Rouxel will face Koki Watanabe in the final, after the Japanese player beat Chinese qualifier Li Shifeng 21-16, 21-19.

Top seed Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland beat Turkey’s Neslihan Yiğit 23-25, 21-17, 21-16 in the women’s draw.

Japan’s Saena Kawakami overcame Chinese Taipei’s Sung Shuo-yun 21-15, 21-13 in the second semi-final.