Chen Long, China – Tommy Sugiarto, Indonesia
Chen Long is world champion and ranked number 1 in the world, and he leads 7-1 against Tommy Sugiarto in their previous encounters. That makes him the favorite today. The only victory for the Indonesian was back in 2013 and the Indonesian Open. All previous encounters were in two sets, however, there was once where Sugiarto had to pull out after both winning one set each. Last time the two played each other was also in Denmark; it was at the World Championships last year.
Chen Long won a 74 minutes battle against young Danish hero, Viktor Axelsen, in yesterday’s semifinal, and Friday he played nearly just as long time. He beat another Dane, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, in second round. Chen Long won Denmark open the last two years and three times in total. He won four of his last six tournaments and obviously has the opportunity to add one more title today.
Tommy Sugiarto won all his matches this week in two sets, including Friday’s quarterfinal against Jan Ø.. Jørgensen, Denmark. Ranked number 12 in the world he has beaten several seeded players on his way to the final; neither the 2nd, the 5th nor the 7th seeded could do anything to prevent Sugiarto from winning. Despite the 1-7 statistics against Chen Long, Sugiarto has the potential to beat everybody. The Indonesian has two titles from this year, both from smaller tournaments; Vietnam Open in August and Russian Open in July.
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
Men’s double: Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Korea – Liu Cheng/Lu Kai, China
Women’s single: Li Xuerui, China – P. V. Sindhu, India