BIRMINGHAM: After falling short in the final last year, Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa made sure they gave themselves another shot at winning the prestigious All-England badminton championships.
Last year, Endo-Hayakawa made a superb run to the final only to lose to China’s Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan.
Last year's losing All-England finalists Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa will try to go one better when they take on Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the men's doubles final on Sunday.
On Saturday, world No.2 Endo-Hayakawa nearly missed the ticket to the final as they fell behind against a fiery onslaught by South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol.
The second seeds however regained their composure to pummel the Koreans for a 16-21, 21-17, 21-13 win.
It was just rewards for the ever-consistent Endo-Hayakawa who have been ranked in the top four for the past two years.