Singapore Open 2017

Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong continued their fine start to 2017 with a comeback victory at the OUE Singapore Open, while Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo suffered a first Super Series loss of 2017.

The Chinese mixed doubles pairing, the third seeds in Singapore, beat Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 19-21 21-16 21-11 in a tense final on Sunday.

The Thai pairing had beaten Indonesian number two seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in the opening round and it took a determined performance from the YONEX All England Open winners to stop them in their tracks.

It was the end of the road for Gideon and Sukamuljo’s winning run, though, with the Indonesian pairing stumbling at the semi-final stage in Singapore as they went in search of their fourth Super Series tournament win in a row.

Danish fifth seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen were their conquerors, winning 11-21 21-11 21-14, before going on to take the title with a win over Chinese fourth seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.

The Danes were clearly high on confidence from their semi-final win and eased to a comfortable victory in the final, taking it 21-13 21-14.

There was a second successive title for Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who, having won in Malaysia last weekend in a three-game thriller, was never out of her comfort zone in Singapore.

Tai did not lose a game on her run to the final, where she once again met Spain’s Carolina Marin, but the number one seed was too strong this weekend, prevailing 21-15 21-15.

Elsewhere, in the men’s singles, with the top two seeds both having pulled out there was a shock in Singapore as unseeded Sai Praneeth stormed to victory in an all-Indian final.

The former World Junior boys’ singles bronze medallist beat Kidambi Srikanth 17-21 21-17 21-12 in the final, while number three seed Viktor Axelsen was beaten in the first round by Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent.

While in the women’s doubles the top two seeds battled it out for supremacy with Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen getting the better of Japan’s Misaki Matsumtomo and Ayaka Takahashi.

The lower seeded side got off to a fine start by edging the opening game 21-18, only for the Japanese pairing to hit back in the second, taking it 21-14.

But the Danes held firm in the decider to take the game, and the title, 21-15.