Carolina Marin is one step closer to claiming her 4th Superseries title after advancing to the Yonex French Open semi-finals with a 21-16, 21-10 win over Maria Febe Kusumastuti. The No.2 seed will face Tai Tzu Ying tomorrow. The latter beats Olympic Champion and winner of last week’s Denmark Open, Li Xuerui of China. Marin, who is through to her first semi-final in Paris, had her toughest match so far against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in yesterday’s second round. In an All-European match, the Spaniard fought through the Scottish number one 21-15, 7-21, 21-16 after 61 minutes of play.
By the way, Carolina Marin has moved to the top of the BWF’s world rankings this week, replacing India’s Saina Nehwal as world number one.
Jørgensen up against defending champion
Second seed and current European Champion in the men’s singles, Jan Ø. Jørgensen advanced to the third Yonex French Open Superseries semi-final of his career with a 50 minute 21-18, 21-19 win over Tian Houwei of China. The Dane faces defending champion Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan to book a place in Sunday’s final. Jørgensen lost the previous three matches against the Asian world number 5 – but still has a positive record (5-3).
The other men’s singles semi-final will be between Malaysia’s national hero Lee Chong Wei, who eased past Sho Sasaki 21-9, 21-12, and Wang Zhengming.
Adcocks keep title hopes alive
Chris and Gabby Adcock, the world number seven pair, are one match away from successive French Open finals after winning their mixed doubles' quarter-final on Friday night.
The Adcocks, runners-up in Paris in 2014, beat Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin after the Chinese pair were forced to retire with an injury problem at 21-18, 12-21, 10-3 down in the 275,000 US Dollars Superseries event. The world number seven’s 50-minute win avenged their defeat to the Chinese pair at last week’s Yonex Denmark Open.
Playing in the first match of the evening, English number one Rajiv Ouseph couldn’t find a way past higher-ranked Wang Zhengming, of China, in a battling three-game defeat.
Bulgaria’s Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva crashed out of Superseries event in the quarter-finals after a fantastic week in the French capital. The world number 14 duo lost to Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan after three games 21-17, 8-21, 12-21. Yesterday, the Stoeva Sisters caused an upset by beating Bao Yixin/Zhong Qianxin in three games to reach the quarter-final.
Conrad/Kolding beat Boe/Mogensen
The defending champions and winner here in 2010, Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen lost to their compatriots Mads Conrad and Mads Kolding 16-21, 21-13, 17-21.
World number 9 Conrad and Kolding will play Hendra Setiawan/Mohamad Ahsan in the final four after the Indonesians ousted Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan in their quarter-final tie.
Must-See Semi-Final Matches
MS: Jan Ø. Jørgensen (DEN) vs Chou Tien Chen (TPE)
WS: Carolina Marin (ESP) vs Tai Tzu Ying (TPE)
MD: Mads Conrad/Mads Kolding (DEN) vs Ahsan/Setiawan (INA)
XD: Chris Adcock/Gabby Adcock (ENG) vs Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na (KOR)
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.