SWEET REVENGE FOR AKANE
Eight months on from missing out in the YONEX All England final, Akane Yamaguchi laid to bed the demons of Birmingham with a defeat of Tai Tzu Ying in Paris to secure the Women’s Singles title.
It was a result which carried extra significance having seen the same two – again both seeded to reach the final - square up in last year’s Final in Paris with Tai again taking top honours.
This time, Yamaguchi looked every inch the champion here during a 108 minute final in which she ended a run of three straight defeats to the world number one.
CHEN HITS 30 AFTER A LONG WAIT
Welcome to the World Tour winners list Chen Long, we’ve been expecting you.
The Olympic and two-time YONEX All England champion has not taken top step of a podium for 12 months, leaving him somewhat stranded on 29 international circuit titles. Here in Paris, he hit 30 and ended that barron spell with a finals day win over Shi Yuqi to claim a first ever French Open title.
He also joined an exclusive but small group of players to beat Kento Momota this year – a result in which he showed glimpses of his old devastating self.
STOEVAS PUT IN A CAREER BEST SISTER ACT
In the absence of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl, the Stoeva sisters have been carrying the added pressure of taking the European challenge to Asia in women’s doubles. In Paris, the Bulgarian sisters enjoyed a career-defining landmark: a first ever Super 750 final - their best ever result on the World Tour.
And it came on the end of a giant-killing run – only ended in a finals day defeat to world champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara - that will, for sure, fire the hearts of Stefani and Gabriela.
The attack-minded Bulgarians had a sensational week in the city of love, taking down Olympic champions Matsutomo Takahaand shi in the quarter-finals and last year’s runners-up Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in the semi-finals.