But for a brief spell in the first game, the Aimsaard sisters led all the way against China’s Tang Ning/Xia Yu Ting. Their 21-16 21-18 victory will see them face off against Korea’s Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee in the final. The Koreans had also earned a straight-games win over another Chinese pair, Li Wen Mei/Liu Xuan Xuan.
Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin and Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping made their second final in two weeks. For Huang, it was her third final in three weeks as she and Wang Yi Lyu were in the title round of the India Open.
Carnando/Marthin came from behind to beat local pair Supak Jomkoh/Kittinupong Kedren, 18-21 21-17 21-17, and will face Su Ching Heng/Ye Yong Wei. The Chinese Taipei pair beat All England champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana in a close third game.
♦ Ng Ka Long Angus had missed out narrowly on making the final at last week’s DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters. Today he was not to be denied, as he held firm during a tense third game against Li Shi Feng. In the final, Angus faces Lin Chun-Yi, who upset Denmark Open champion Shi Yu Qi 21-15 21-19.
♦ The women’s singles final will be an all-China affair. Zhang Yi Man edged Supanida Katethong in a thriller, 15-21 21-18 22-20, while Han Yue wasn’t troubled by Hsu Wen Chi during a straight-games victory.