2014 Japan Open Superseries | June 10-15 | Tokyo, Japan
Final day notes & results
shines in Tokyo following a winning run in 2012 and a semifinal last year. Japan duo Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi delights home crowd with women’s doubles crown. Here’s the final results:
"Victory Number": 31
Lee Yong Dae
's win at Japan Open marked his 31st career Superseries victory.
After avenging their Thomas Cup defeat to world champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan in the finals, 21-12 26-24, Korean aces Lee Yong Dae
and Yoo Yeon Seong
took the victory in their first comeback Superseries tournament, which is also Lee’s 31st career Superseries title and first in 2014.
It was only Yoo
(left) and Lee
's third tournament of the 2014 season.
Player of the week
The hosts took up both final spots in the women’s doubles, which was relied upon in Japan’s impressive runner-up performance in the Uber Cup team event earlier this year, with third seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi edging fourth seeds Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda, 21-13 21-17, in the all-Japanese final.
Battle of the week
Sung Ji Hyun
of Korea fought off 7 match points in the semifinals against world no.1 Li Xuerui, being 14-20 down in the second game, before eventual champion Li stepped it up and closed out the match 21-15 25-23 on the eighth chance.
VICTOR STAR of the week
Tai Tzu Ying
from Taiwan upped her level whenever playing in the Japanese capital. She’s made it to at least the final-4 stage in her three outings at the Japan Open. The 2012 winner was one match away from repeating the feat, but failed to world no.1 Li Xuerui. However, a final showing was already her best result in the season so far. 2013 winner Akane Yamaguchi also succumbed to the eventual winner in the first round, in which Li lost her only game all week.
has been the final 4 standing or better for three consecutives years in Tokyo.
( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )