El Monte: Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark reached their first final since Carsten Mogensen collapsed in Kazan after suffering a life threatening illness with a ruptured brain aortic aneurysm in February.
The Danish pair looked fit and confident after they rallied past Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko of Japan 21-17, 21-16 in the US Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Mogensen/Boe have defeated 3 Japanese men’s doubles pair en route to the final. They will take on their fourth Japanese men’s doubles opponents at the tournament when they’ll face World No. 41 Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in the men’s doubles final on Sunday.
In the women’s singles, unseeded Saena Kawakami of Japan pulled off a huge upset by defeating No. 2 seed Michelle Li of Canada 21-18, 21-12 in 40 minutes. Kawakami will set up an all Japanese women’s singles final with Ayumi Mine after another the unseeded Mine saw off No. 7 seed Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria 22-20, 21-12 in another semi-finals.
Korea’s Lee Hyun Il proved too much for Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon when Lee swept past Cordon 21-16, 21-8 to clash with Japanese player Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the final. Tsuneyama stunned India’s No. 4 seed Ajay Jayaram 21-10, 21-14 in a one sided semi-finals.