Championship Preview for the 2019 YONEX U.S. Open

July 14, 2019, 2:48 p.m. (ET)

The championships matches are set for the 2019 YONEX U.S. Open in Fullerton, California. 

NBC Sports will have live coverage of the tournament Sunday. Badminton fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. 

Men’s Singles
Lin Chun-Yi (Taipei) had to win in the qualifying round to make the main draw of the tournament, but has advanced all the way to the championship match. Lin defeated Ygor Coelho (Brazil) in the opening round, Li Chi Feng (China) in the second round. Lin upset last year’s U.S. Open men’s singles champ, Lee Dong Keun (Korea), in the quarterfinals before defeating fellow Taipei player Lin Yu Hsien in the semifinals. 

Lin will face Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand), who has advanced to the final despite a couple three-game matches on his route. Saensomboonsuk beat Lucas Claerbout (France) in the first round, then defeated No. 7 seed Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) in the second round. The Thai needed three games to defeat Sun Fei Xiang (China) to reach the semifinals, where Saensomboonsuk defeated Indian player Sourabh Verma.

Lin and Saensomboonsuk have never played against each other in a major competition. Lin is ranked 122nd in the world, while Saensomboonsuk is 56th in the world. 

Women’s Singles
The women’s final features a player who needed to win in qualifying, just like men’s singles. Wang Zhi Yi (China) won her qualifying match against Nairoby Abigail Jimenez (Dominican Republic), followed by an opening round win over Mariana Ugalde (Mexico). Wang then upset No. 2 seed Saena Kawakami in the second round, followed by wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals over Lin Hsiang Ti (Taipei) and No. 6 seed Ayumi Mine (Japan) to make it to the finals.

Wang will take on No. 3 seed Kim Ga Eun (Korea) in the finals. Kim has cruised to the finals, winning all four matches in straight games, with her longest match lasting 34 minutes. Kim beat Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli (India) in the opening round, followed by Fabienne Deprez (Germany) in the second round. Kim then defeated the No. 5 seed, An Se Young (Korea) in the quarters and upset No. 1 seed Michelle Li (Canada) in the semifinals. 

Eun defeated Wang at the Lingshui China Masters 2019 earlier this year in their only career meeting. Eun is ranked 33rd in the world, while Wang is ranked 121.

Men’s Doubles
The men’s doubles championship features the No. 6 seed Ko Sun Hyun/Shin Baek Cheol (Korea) against the No. 2 seed Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin (Taipei). Ko/Shin have played three game matches in all four matches on their way to the championship, while Lee/Wang cruised through their first three matches before winning a thriller in the semifinals. 

These two duos have never met professionally, but the Korean tandem comes into the match ranked 28th, while the Taipei team is 16th in the world.

Women’s Doubles
Women’s doubles features the only No. 1 seed that made it to the finals. Name Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida (Japan) entered the tournament as the top-ranked duo and won their first three matches in straight games. Matsuyama/Shida needed three games to defeat Chen Xiao Fei and Zhang Shu Xian (China) in the semifinals. 

On the other side of the bracket for women’s doubles is No. 5 seed Baek Ha Na/Jung Kyung Eun (Korea). The Korean team has won all four matches in straight games, including a victory over the U.S. duo of Jenna Gozali and Megumi Taruno. 

These two teams played each other just over a week ago at the 2019 YONEX Canada Open, with the Korean tandem getting the better of the Japanese team, 21-17, 21-17. Baek/Jung is ranked 241 in the world, while Matsuyama/Shida are No. 12.

Mixed Doubles
Lee Jhe-Huei/Hsu Ya Ching (Taipei) represent yet another Taipei team in the finals, as well as another team that had to play in the qualifying rounds to make the finals. After winning their first two matches in straight games, the duo had to win the quarterfinals in semifinals in three game matches. 

The opponent for the Taipei duo will be No. 4 seed Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue (France). The French tandem has won three of four matches in two games, needing a third game in just the second round. 

These two teams have never faced-off in a professional match. Lee/Hsu are ranked 140th, while Gicquel/Delrue are 24th in the world.

The finals matches are set to begin starting at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday. For the full schedule, CLICK HERE.

For a list of all results from Saturday, CLICK HERE.