Dubai: Despite her loss to Chen Yufei of China in the final group stage on Friday, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand has cruised into the last four of BWF Super Series Finals, and to go any further, she’ll have to do beat Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on Saturday.
The World No. 6 had earlier defeated World No. 5 Sung Ji-Hyun on Wednesday and World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying on Thursday in their Group B matches at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
In other women’s singles semi-final, India’s World No. 3 PV Sindhu was drawn to face China’s 19-year-old Chen Yufei in the women’s singles semi-finals.
Sindhu is no stranger to the BWF Finals semi-final. She also reached the last four in 2016, but bowed out to Korean player Sung Ji-Hyun 15-21, 21-18, 15-21 in a 76 minutes thriller.
The semi-finals will be played on Saturday in two sessions. The first session will be from 10am to 3 pm that feature:
Yu Xiaohan/Huang Yaqiong (China) vs Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (Japan)
Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan) vs Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto (Japan) vs Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark)
Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (China) vs Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark)
Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (China) vs Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong)
Meanwhile, the second session will be from 4pm to 9 pm, which include matches below:
Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) vs Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
Shi Yuqi (China) vs Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) vs Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen (China)
PV Sindhu (India) vs Chen Yufei (China);
Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) vs Son Wan Ho (Korea)