Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Korea – Liu Cheng/Lu Kai, China
Like the women’s double, the men’s double is also a battle between Korea and China. Statistics say 1-0 for Lee/Yoo – they won the final against the Chinese at Australian Open this year. Lee/Yoo are currently number one at the world ranking – Liu/Lu are number 112.
Lee/Yoo also won all their matches at this week’s Denmark Open in two sets. In first round they beat local heroes Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding, and in the semifinal yesterday the strong Chinese pair, Fu Haifend/Zhang Nan, were stopped by the Koreans. Lee/Yoo won three of their last six tournaments and lost the semifinal in the other three. They came to Denmark after winning their last two tournaments, Korea Open and Japan Open, and also won the Asian Championships earlier this year.
Liu/Lu’s ranking as 112 is not to be mistaken; the two are both in top 10 in mixed doubles and they only played men’s double together since June. They started their journey to the final in the qualifications on Tuesday and were just about not to make it into first round; they won in three very close sets against Lin Chia Yu/Hsiao-Lin Wu from Chinese Taipei. At yesterday’s semifinal they beat local heroes Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, also in three sets.
Mixed double: Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na, Korea – Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Indonesia
Women’s double: Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan, Korea – Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei, China
Women’s single: Li Xuerui, China – P. V. Sindhu, India
Men’s single: Chen Long, China – Tommy Sugiarto, Indonesia