MANILA, Philippines—World No. 1 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong overcame four match points to turn back her Chinese rival yesterday and barge into the women’s singles finals of the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold badminton championships at the Philsports Arena.
The 6-foot-2 Zhou used her long reach to cover the court with authority but needed a great rally to pull off a 13-21, 21-14, 22-20 win over fourth seed and world No. 13 Jiang Yanjiao.
The 30-year-old Zhou enjoyed the support of the hometown crowd while battling the Chinese, who on Friday night broke their hearts after beating 13-year-old Filipina wonder Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala.
Zhou, the 2004 Athens Olympics bronze winner and 2002 Busan Asian Games champion, was staring at defeat when she trailed 20-17 in the third and deciding game.
Jiang succumbed to pressure, however, giving up successive unforced errors before Zhou scored on a smash for a 20-20 deadlock. Two more errors ended Jiang’s bid in 55 minutes.
Zhou will next battle another Chinese, Wang Xin, a young qualifier who toppled seventh seed Charmaine Reid of Canada in the semis then bested compatriot Wang Shixian, 21-13, 21-6, in only 30 minutes to reach the finals today.
It will be another all-Chinese final in the mixed doubles after Zhang Nan and Lu Lu and Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang finished off their respective rivals.
Zhang and Lu stopped fellow Chinese Qiu Zihan and Deng Yuting, 21-13, 21-12, in only 30 minutes to sustain a run that included an 18-21, 25-23, 21-17 win over Indonesia Tri Kusharjanto and Filipino Minarti Timur Friday night.
Chen and Zhang scored a 21-15, 22-20 win over Indonesian favorites Muhammad Rijal and Debby Susanto in the other semis.
Chinese Chen Long likewise reached the finals in a late match, beating countryman Zhou Wenlong, 21-14, 10-21, 21-14, in the men’s singles semifinals.
Chen arranged a title clash with Hu Yun of Hong Kong, who ousted China bet Du Pengyu, 17-21, 21-14, 21-13.