Unseeded Mads Conrad and Mads Kolding produced one of the biggest upsets of this year’s Yonex French Open after defeating Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, the 2013 and 2015 world champions, in the semi-finals.
Conrad/Kolding came to a stunning 21-18, 19-21, 21-15 victory against the world number two, keeping their hopes alive of collecting their first major career title. This victory was also the first ever win of a European couple over Indonesia’s super duo Setiawan/Mohammad. Conrad/Kolding will face world number one duo Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of Koea in Sunday’s final.
The Danes headed into the semi-finals after beating their compatriots and defending champions Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen on Friday.
“It is an unbelievable feeling right now, beating reigning world champions, moving in to our second Superseries final. Amazing atmosphere in a fully packed Stade Pierre De Coubertin, helped us today winning the game in three games. We are really happy and proud of our game today. We will enjoy the rest of the night with good French food and some treatment from our physio, and then we will be ready for tomorrow”, the pair wrote on Facebook.
Marin reaches maiden Paris final
Carolina Marin is just one win away from her fourth Superseries title and another career milestone. The second seed beat Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in straight games 21-17, 21-17 (52 minutes) to set up a final against former world number one Wang Shixian of China on Sunday. The Spanish world number one is trying to win her first French Open title.
Last month, Shixian got the best of Marin in the quarter-final of the Yonex Japan Open with a three-game victory.
Adcocks beaten by Koreans
England's Chris and Gabby Adcock were beaten at the semi-final stage of the French Open in Paris. The husband and wife team, who reached the final last year, lost 21-14 21-11 in 32 minutes to world number six pair Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na of Korea. The Adcocks will now turn their attentions to the Bitburger Open in Germany where they are in the draw as top seeds.
Strong Chou Tien Chen takes down Jørgensen
World number two Jan Ø. Jørgensen has crashed out of the French Open after a straight games defeat to defending champion Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan. Sixth seed Chou triumphed on a scoreline of 21-11, 21-19 to knock out the French Open champion of 2013.
The Yonex French Open finals:
XD: Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto (INA) - Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na (KOR)
MS: Lee Chong Wei (MAS) - Chou Tien Chen (TPE)
WD: Huang Yaqiong/Tang Jinhua (CHN) - Luo Ying/Lou Yu (CHN)
WS: Carolina Marin (ESP) – Wang Shixian (CHN)
MD: Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR) - Mads Conrad/Mads Kolding (DEN)
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Final matches for the Superseries tournament in Paris begin Sunday at 13.00 CET.
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.