Badminton. Yoo Hsin-ae shot to end a two-year title drought in Sydney | Jobi Cool

PETALING JAYA. A two-year title drought will end for independent shuttlers Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi if their fiery form is anything to go by.

Yu Hsin-E Yi stormed into the final of the Australian Open after a brilliant fightback against China’s world number 28 He Jiting-Zhou Haodong 14-21, 21-17, 21-18, in a 72-minute semi-final match in Kuei. The center yesterday in Sydney.

World No. 8 Yu Hsin-Ai Yi last reached the singles final and tasted success at the 2020 Thailand Masters.

They have a chance to end their long wait for their second World Tour title, but it won’t be easy.

In the final, the 14th ranked Chinese Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuan stand in the way of Yu Hsin-E Yi.

Yuchen-Suani also had to dig deep against Taiwan’s Li Jie-hui-Yang Po-Hsuan yesterday before winning their last four set 12-21, 23-21, 24-22.

The record between Yu Hsinyi and the Chinese pair is tied at 1-1, with the Malaysians coming out on top in their last meeting at the Denmark Open last month.

Ong Yu Hsin (front) and Teo Ai Yi will face world number 14 Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuanyi of China in the Australian Open final today.

The Chinese pair, however, beat the Malaysians in the first round of the Indonesia Masters in June.

Yuchen-Suani also captured the Indonesia Open (June) and finished runner-up at the German Open (March) and the Korea Masters (April).

Doubles coach Chin Ei Hui expressed his delight after Yu Hsin-Ei Yi reached the final, but admitted that his title fight will be another tough one today.

“They started a little slow in the first game, but luckily, they were able to regain their focus in the second and third games,” said Aye Hui.

“I think that the match tomorrow (today) will also be difficult.

“It will be 50-50. I hope Yoo Sin-ae Yi can win the title.”

Winning the title will be a huge boost for Yu Hsin-ae Yi ahead of the prestigious World Tour Finals in Bangkok on December 7-11.

In the men’s singles, Ng Tze Yong’s hopes of reaching his first World Tour final were dashed when he fell 18-21, 15-21 to China’s Lu Guanchu.

Guangzhou will face compatriot Shi Yuki for the title after the latter fought hard to narrowly beat Japan’s Kodai Naraoka 21-16, 16-21, 21-19 in the other semi-final match.

Men’s singles: Lu Guangzu (Chn) bt Ng Tze Yong (Mas) 21-18, 21-15; Shi Yuki (Chn) bt Kodai Naraoka (Japan) 21-16, 16-21, 21-19.

Men’s doubles. Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ai Yee (Mas) bt He Jiting-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 14-21, 21-17, 21-18; Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuan (Chn) bt Li Jae-hui-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) 12-21, 23-21, 24-22.

Women’s singles. Gregoria Mariska (Ina) bt Han Yue (Chn) 18-21, 21-16, 21-14.

Women’s doubles: Zhang Shuxiang-Zhen Yu (Chn) bt Li Chia Hsin-ten Chun-Hsun (Tpe) 21-15, 21-17; Benyapa Eimsaard-Nuntakarn Eimsaard (Ta) bt Jeong Na-Eun-Kim Hye-Jong (Kor) 21-19, 21-18.

Mixed doubles: Kim Won-ho-Jon Na-yoon (Kor) bt Dejan Ferdinandsya-Gloria Vijaya (Ina) 14-21, 21-13, 21-8; Seo Seung-Jae-Chae Yu-Yung (Kor) bt Feng Yangzhe-Huang Dongpin (Chn) 22-20, 21-14.

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