In the Yonex Swiss Open (120.000 US Dollars) tournament being held in Basel, the No 4 seeds Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva (pictured) stormed into the final in the women’s doubles event today. The world number 13 duo got the better of Bao Yixin/Yu Xiaohan of China 22-20, 21-19.
The Bulgarian players, who won the 1st European Games in 2015 in the women’s doubles, will face Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN), the top seeds from China.
Qingchen and Yifan beat Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen of Denmark in Saturday’s semi-finals 21-12, 21-14.
England’s challenge ended in the semi-finals
England's challenge at the 2017 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold ended after the Olympic bronze medalists, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge lost their quarter-finals match late Saturday. The Britons were defeated by unseeded Chinese duo Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan 9-21, 19-21.
Zhang is familiar foe for the English pair, having played him and former partner Fu Haifeng on three previous occasions.
The great Lin Dan show continues ...
Superstar Lin Dan defeated Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, the tournament's 12th seed, to enter the final. The two-time Olympic Champion defeated Anthony 21-17, 21-17. This will be Lin Dan’s fourth Yonex Swiss Open final. He won the title in 2004 and 2008, before losing it Lee Chong Wei in the final in 2009.
In women's singles category, China's Xiaoxin Chen will face Chen Yufei in an all-Chinese affair.
BWF's official YouTube channel, badmintonworld.tv, will show tomorrow’s finals of the Yonex Swiss Open.
Check out the official tournament's website of the Yonex Swiss Open.
The 2017 Yonex Swiss Open finals:
MS: Lin Dan (CHN) - Shi Yuqi (CHN)
WS: Chen Yufei (CHN) - Chen Xiaoxin (CHN)
MD: Chai Biao/Hong Wei (CHN) - Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (CHN)
WD: Stefani Stoeva/Gabriela Stoeva (BUL) - Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN)
XD: Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto (INA) - Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA)
Recent Yonex Swiss Open champions from Europe:
2016: Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (DEN)
2014: Viktor Axelsen (DEN) / Chris and Gabby Adcock (ENG)
2013: Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
2011: Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
2006: Xu Huaiwen (GER) / Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms (ENG) Watch the highlights of today's Yonex Swiss Open semi-finals:
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo by BadmintonPhoto.