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Daddies smash their way back into the final

You heard it Indonesia fans, after a gap of five years The Daddies are back in the YONEX All England Open final.

On court third on semi-final Saturday, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan produced a wonderful attacking performance to power past third seed Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, 21-19 21-16.

Kamura and Sonoda were much-fancied at badminton’s greatest show, having defeated Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen and Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong on the way to the semi-final, but were no match for the Daddies.

The first match was a tight contest, with the pairs levelled at 19-19, but the Indonesian duo dominated the second with smash after smash raining down on their opponents.

After the win, Ahsan commented: “We are very happy that we can be back in the final, we haven’t been in the final for a very long time, so we’re very happy with that.”

Ahsan and Setiawan of course memorably won their first title here in 2014 against Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa, and after a second round exit last year have re-found their form.

Twice world champions, the Daddies reached three international finals and re-entered the world top 10 in November, backing up that form this week at badminton’s oldest tournament.

Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge, Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov and Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel have all been dispatched, there is just one more step to take.

Setiawan added: “As happy as we are, the tournament isn’t over yet. We need to recover and get ourselves ready for tomorrow.”