Carla Nelte/Isabel Herttrich. Credit: BadmintonPhoto
Herttrich/Nelte beaten by Japanese in semis
Date: 7/21/2018 10:58 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Germany’s Isabel Herttrich and Carla Nelte lost their semi-final clash at the Singapore Open tournament against Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida in three games.

 The world number-27 duo were beaten by the Japanese duo 18-21, 21-17, 16-21 after 61 minutes of play.

„We lost 16-21 in the decider after 14 all! We had our chances but we made too many easy mistakes in the end. We'll try even harder next time,“ said Isabel Herttrich.

In the other women's doubles semi-finals, Japanese duo Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata ousted top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand 21-17, 21-19.

Olympic mixed doubles champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir continued their dominant form, edging out compatriots Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Winny Oktavina Kandow 26-24, 21-17. 

Some days ago, Liliyana Natsir announced her retirement from international badminton. In one of her very last tournaments, she and partner Tontowi Ahmad will meet Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai in the finals.

Recent European victories in Singapore:

2017: Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN)
2017: Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
2012: Juliane Schenk (GER)
2010: Thomas Laybourn/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)
2009: Nathan Robertson/Anthony Clark (ENG)
2008: Tine Baun (DEN)
2006: Peter Gade (DEN) and Pi Hongyan (FRA)

Singapore Open 2018 finals:

MS: Chou Tien Chen (TPE) - Hsu Jen Hao (TPE)
WS: Sayaka Takahashi (JPN) - Gao Fangjie (CHN)
MD: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA) - Ou Xuanyi/Xiangyu Ren (CHN)
WD: Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata (JPN) - Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida (JPN)
XD: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA) - Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai (MAS)

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