The 2012 China Open Women Doubles had their penultimate round of competition today in Shanghai. As the competition was one round away to the finish line, one major casualty was recorded.
Hiroko Fujii / Misako Wakamiya JPN 2-4 Jiang Huajun / Lee Ho Ching HKG
The top seeds Hiroko Fujii and Misako Wakamiya faced the eight seeds from Hong Kong Jiang Huajun and Lee Ho Ching in the semifinal round. Despite being the underdog in the rankings, the Hong Kong pair established themselves well and got the the first set with 11-8. On the other hand, the Japanese partnership was quick in catching up and leveled in 1-1 with 11-8 as well. Control stayed in the Japanese camp in the third set were Fujii and Wakamiya are already in a 2-1 lead.
However, such did not set the trend for the succeeding sets. Jiang Huajun and Lee Ho Ching took back the control from their opponents and won the next three sets. At the end of six sets, Jiang Huajun and Lee Ho Ching ousted the top seeds Fujii and Wakamiya and earned their places in the finals (11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7).
Kim Kyung Ah / Park Mi Young KOR 0-4 Ding Ning / Li Xiaoxia CHN
The two strongest pairs in the lower half of the draw were the sixth seed Kim Kyung Ah / Park Mi Young of South Korea and the second seed from China, Ding Ning / Li Xiaoxia. At the start of the match, the Chinese pair immediately found the right rhythm and took the first advantage with 11-6.
In the second set, Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young were still in trouble as Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia continued to control the match with another 11-6. This eventually leads to a strong momentum for the Chinese pair. In the next two sets, despite some signs of recovery from Kim and Park, Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia sealed their place in the finals with a sweep victory in 11-7 and 11-9.
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