An Se-Young and Chen Yufei Meet Again In The 2024 Indonesia Open Final

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An Se-Young vs. Chen Yufei is the female version of Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan. (Photo: Xinhua)
An Se-Young vs. Chen Yufei is the female version of Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan. (Photo: Xinhua)

Jakarta: In the women’s singles semi-finals of the 2024 Indonesia Open, Korea’s World No. 1 An Se Young and China’s World No. 2 Chen Yufei both defeated their opponents, setting up another showdown in the final following last week’s Singapore Open final.

An Se-Young advanced to her fourth BWF World Tour final of the year by defeating another Chinese player, Wang Zhiyi, with scores of 23-21, 21-13. In another semi-final match, Chen Yufei played against Spain’s Carolina Marin for 74 minutes, eventually winning 21-11, 17-21, 21-13.

Highlights of An Se-Young vs. Wang Zhiyi in the 2024 Indonesia Open semi-finals:

Last week, An Se-Young and Chen Yufei faced each other in the women’s singles final at the Singapore Open final, where An Se-Young won 21-19, 16-21, 21-12 to claim the title. So far, An has maintained a winning streak of 10 consecutive victories in the finals she has competed.

Not only has An Se-Young remained undefeated in finals this season, but her last finals loss was in April last year at the Asian Championships, where she was defeated by Tai Tzu-Ying. Since then, she has won the finals in 100% of her appearances, including the Thailand Open, Singapore Open, Korea Open, Japan Open, World Championships, China Open, Hangzhou Asian Games, and this year’s Malaysia Open, French Open, and Singapore Open.

China’s Chen Yufei, seeking to defend her title, defeated the World No. 3 Spanish player Carolina Marin in the women’s singles semi-finals with scores of 21-11, 17-21, 21-13.

World number two Chen Yufei has not yet won a title this season, finishing as runner-up in the India Open, Asian Championships, and Singapore Open. Now in Jakarta, Indonesia, she aims for her first title of the season and to defend the Indonesia Open she won last year. As for Carolina Marin, last year’s runner-up at the Indonesia Open has already won the All-England Open, Swiss Open, and European Championships in 2024.

Marin and Chen Yufei have faced each other 12 times in their careers, each winning six times. However, Marin has won their last three encounters. Saturday’s match between these two top players began strongly for Chen Yufei, as she did not trail at any point and extended her lead to win the first game decisively.

Marin was more proactive and continued to take the initiative in the second game and gained an early lead. Despite increasing errors, she managed to overcome a three-point deficit, scoring five consecutive points to lead 11-9 at the interval. She then continued to score consecutively, although Chen Yufei closed the gap from five points down to 17-19 before Marin won the second game 21-17.

In the third game, Chen Yufei was trailing 9-11 but then scored six consecutive points after changing sides to take the lead. Chen played more aggressively, successfully suppressing Marin’s performance, and turned the game around with a 12-2 run in the latter half, securing her spot in the final.

Sunday’s mixed doubles final will see Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong play against compatriots Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin while women’s doubles World No. 1 Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan of China will take on World No. 2 Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee of Korea for the women’s doubles crown.

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