XD: HONG KONG SMELL SUCCESS
It's a good sign in mixed doubles when you are controlling most of the rallies with smashes from the mid court and with space to still advance while your opponents are forced rear of their own centre forecourt. Hong Kong's Lee Chun Hei Reginald commanded such a position in the first game into the second half.
Both players from Hong Kong continued their hot form from the days before. Chau aided her partner with negligible unforced errors, commendable defence and, crucially, not opening any gaps on court.
It took two net cords, two framed shots and two slightly long of the rear boundary lifts of theirs to allow the Danes back into the match and delay the outcome of the better pair going through, 21-16, 13-21, 21-19.
The win aside, we're really happy with our form recently especially since the Asian Badminton Championships", commented Chau.
WS: ADAPTING TO EACH OTHER
Traveling and competing without a coach, Canada's Michelle Li had to use the first game to learn and get used to the highly deceptive Bae Yeon Ju of Korea. Even on the shots she could see coming, there was further learning involved owing to the amount of slice imparted by Bae's racquet. The Korean's shuttles dropshots land sharper and slightly further forecourt than you first imagine and also wider on the cross courts.
Once Canadian started reaching the shuttles half the battle was won and they equalised at one game each. As much as it appeared that Bae had the upperhand, she too was adapting to Li's brand of play. "Actually, the first game was the hardest for me", the Korean revealed. A resurgant Bae emerged in the decider, having the stamina and willingness to manage Li's higher volume of smashes and wide pushes and when the clear opportunity arose to display her flair she did to devastating effect, 21-8, 17-21, 21-10.