Finals Set for U.S. Open

June 16, 2018, 8:55 p.m. (ET)

Beiwen heads to the finals

WOMEN’S SINGLES: BEIWEN ZHANG (USA) vs. LI XUERUI (CHINA)

ZHANG


American Beiwen Zhang looked exhausted in her semifinal match against reigning U.S. Open champion Aya Ohori. Zhang had a tough three game match on Friday night, when she defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong in a match that lasted 64 minutes. She then dropped the opening game of Saturday’s semifinal match, 20-22, and Ohori had septuple match point, leading 20-14.

At first it was already 14-20, so that pressure, I’ve already been through. Then when I caught up, I was telling myself to just keep going, don’t relax – hang there, we’ll be done soon.


With nothing to lose, Zhang put it all out there and rallied for seven straight points to take the lead, 21-20, and eventually win the second game, 23-21. In game three, it was Ohori who looked exhausted, and Zhang took advantage and won 21-13 to qualify for her first U.S. Open final.

Zhang is looking for her second BWF Superseries victory of 2018. She won the Indian Open by defeating P.V. Sindhu in February.

LI

After tearing her ACL and meniscus in the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui made her return to international women’s singles after 600 days by winning the 2018 Lingshui China Masters. Now, after having to advance through qualifying, Li is in the finals after beating Canada’s Michelle Li, 21-17, 21-17.

Li has yet to lose a game in the 2018 U.S. Open, with her closest match coming against the No. 2 seed, Sayaka Sato of Japan, in the round of 16, when Li won 22-20, 21-9. 
 

MEN’S SINGLES: MARK CALJOUW (NETHERLANDS) vs.LEE DONG KEUN (KOREA)

CALJOUW

The first player to qualify for the finals on Saturday was the Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw. Caljouw defeated Ajay Jayaram, from India, 21-13, 23-21.

On his journey to the finals, Caljouw has dropped just one game. He opened the tournament with a victory over Sitthikom Thammasin, of Thailand, 21-19, 21-16, then defeated Kalle Koljonen, of Finland, 20-22, 21-15, 21-14. In the quarterfinals, the Netherlands native defeated Xiaodong Sheng from Canada, 21-6, 21-10.

Caljouw is looking to earn his second gold medal of 2018 after he won the gold at the Orleans Masters, a Super 100 series tournament, in France in early April.
 

LEE

The longest match of the on Saturday was between Korean Lee Dong Kuen and Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand, which went three games and last 88 minutes. 

Lee emerged victorious, 21-19, 15-21, 21-18, continuing his strong tournament which includes an opening round win over former world No. 1 and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lin Dan.

Lee is currently ranked No. 38 in the world and is seeking his first BWF individual title since 2015, when he won the Mexico City Grand Prix.
 

MEN’S DOUBLES: OU/REN (CHINA) vs. KANG/KIM (KOREA)

OU/REN

Ou Xuanyi and Xiangyu Ren of China defeated Jung Jae Wook and Jae Hwan Kim of Korea, 21-16, 21-18, in the first semifinal of men’s doubles action. 

Ou and Ren upset the No. 4 seed in men’s doubles, Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel of Germany, in their opening match Wednesday, then beat fellow countrymen Di Zijian and Wang Chang of China, 21-14, 21-17, to advance through the quarterfinals. 

KANG/KIM

The Korea team of Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho beat the Canadian duo of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura, 21-17, 21-14, in 32 minutes to advance to the finals in men's doubles.

It was a smoother victory than their previous two matches, which both of which were against seeded opponents, went to three games and averaged 63 minutes. Against the No. 6 seeded team from Thailand, Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Nanthakarn Yordphaisong, the Korean duo won 18-21, 21-16, 21-14, then against the top-seeded team of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England, Kang and Kim won 20-22, 21-18, 21-14. 
 

WOMEN’S DOUBLES: KIM/KIM (KOREA) vs. TANG/YU (CHINA)

KIM/KIM

Kim Hye Jeong and Kim So Yeong faced their toughest match of the tournament on Saturday as the Korean duo took on the No. 1 women's double team of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao. The Koreans cruised to victory, 21-16, 21-10, in 42 minutes. 

Kim and Kim haven't dropped a game since their opening game of the opening match, when the played Hwi Tae Kim and Kim Hye Jeong. The Koreans should be rested as they haven't played a match longer than 42 minutes since Tuesday.

TANG/YU

Tang Jinhua and Yu Xiaohan beat Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo of Malaysia, 21-17, 22-20, on Saturday in front of one of the loudest crowds heard all week.

Prior to their crowd-stirring performance, the Chinese tandem cruised to a pair of victories in the round of 16 and quarterfinals with wins over the No. 2 seeds Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen from the Netherlands, 21-13, 21-10, and Suprissara Paewsampran and Puttita Supajirakul from Thailand, 21-6, 21-14.

 

MIXED DOUBLES: SEIDEL/EFLER (GERMANY) vs. CHAN/GOH (MALAYSIA)

SEIDEL/EFLER

The German duo of Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler defeated Ben Lan and Jessica Pugh of England, 21-17, 21-8, to become the first team to advance to the mixed doubles final.

Seidel and Efler knocked out two pairs of countrymates in the round of 16 and quarterfinals on their way to the title match. They defeated the tandem of Peter Kaesbauer and Olga Konon, 21-18, 21-18, to advance to the quarterfinals, and then played one of the most exciting matches of the tournament in mixed doubles as they defeated Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen and Carla Nelte, 16-21, 25-23, 21-12, to advance to the semifinals. 

As a pair, Seidel and Efler have won two BWF International Challenge Series events over the last few years, the 2017 White Nights tournament in Russia and the 2015 Spanish International in Madrid.

CHAN/GOH

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist, Chan and Goh made quick work of their semifinal match as they defeated Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich of Germany, 21-16, 21-14.

The No. 5 seed in the tournament, Chan and Goh have battled their way to the championship. In their opening round, the duo needed a third game to defeat Seo Sueng Jae and Chae Yujung of Korea, 17-21, 21-19, 23-21. Then on Friday in the quarterfinals, the Malaysians again went three games, this time needing the third game to defeat Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore from England, 21-14, 16-21, 21-14.

In addition to their Olympic silver medal, the duo of Chan and Goh won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

 

FULL RESULTS AND SCHEDULE

For all of Saturday's semifinal action, CLICK HERE.

For the full schedule of the finals, CLICK HERE.