Chinese Luo sisters storm into Superseries Finals
Dubai, Dec 12 (IANS) Chinese sisters Luo Ying and Luo Yu won the semi-finals of the Dubai World Superseries Finals here on Saturday to set up a final showdown against the Danish duo of Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl. The Luo sisters beat Japanese opponents Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-19, 21-19 in a neck-and-neck match, in front of the hundreds of badminton aficionados at the Hamdan Sports Complex, reports Xinhua. Both sides were fighting hard from the very beginning, but the Japanese duo showed a lack of concentration, leaving the decisive points mostly to the Luo sisters.
“It was a tight match because our levels are similar,” Ying told Xinhua. Asked why the match took an hour and 26 minutes, Luo said that both teams were playing defensively and tried to take the dynamics out of each point. In the second women’s semi-final, Danish duo Christinna and Kamilla beat Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii from Indonesia straight in two sets 21-17, 21-12 within 46 minutes. The team from Denmark which clearly benefited from being taller than their Southeast Asian opponents accelerated the match constantly. “Being taller is not always an advantage, it depends very much on the level of your opponent,” said Kamilla who is 1.83 metres tall. The Chinese team is keen on bringing the victory home, too. “The Danish players are very experienced players and we are trying our best,” said Luo Ying. The women’s final will take place on Sunday.
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