World Super Series Finals: Praying Chinese Sun to Win, Olympic Finalists Marin, Sindhu Eye Semis Spot

After completion of Round 2 at BWF World Super Series Finals 2016, as top seeds were knocked out in Mixed Doubles, Rio Olympics finalist Sindhu and Marin are in a spot of bother. While Marin lost her second match today, Sindhu lost in straight set after winning the first match. As they clash first time after Olympic finals, both may be knocked out without playing if Japanese Akane defeats the group topper Sun Yu from China. So, first they need to pray for Chinese Sun to win and then the winner will have best chance to grab the second spot. After Round 2 of Dubai World Super Series Finals, Top 2 seeds of Men’s Singles, three from Women’s Singles, three teams each in all Doubles event have sealed the semifinal spot. Check Round 2 results of all events and also the scenario for semifinals of all events before Round 3.

Men’s Singles
Group ATriangular fight for second semifinal spot as top seed has qualified already. Jorgensen won both in 2 sets each. Houwei has one win, while Yun Hu and Zwiebler have lost both. In the last round, unless Houwei lose Yun Hu has a chance if he defeats Zwiebler in straight sets.

    Top Seed Jorgensen def Zwiebler 21-18 21-10
    Houwei Tian def Yun Hu 21-19 13-21 21-7

Group B2nd seed Wan Ho Son (Korea) has qualified with two wins, Angus NG has no chance with two losses. Viktor vs Lee Chong Wei in the last round will decide the second semifinalist. Both have won a match each.

    Son Wan Ho def Viktor Axelsen 21-19 14-21 21-18
    Lee CHong Wei def Angus NG 21-15 22-20

Women’s Singles
Group ATop seed Tzu Ying Tai and Ji Hyun Sung have already sealed the spots for semifinals. Both have won two matches each, while Bingjiao and Intanon lost both. Last round will just decide the group topper.

    Tzu Ying Tai def Intanon 21-12 21-14
    Ji Hyun Sung def Bingjiao 21-18 21-15

Group BWhile only one of the Olympic Finalists are in contention of semifinal, Yu Sun has sealed her spot with two consecutive wins. Triangular contest between Sindhu, Akane and Marin to seal second spot.
If Akane loses
-Sindhu needs just a win to enter semis
-Marin must win in straight sets and Akane should lose in straight sets
If Sun Yu wins, Sindhu or Marin must win in straight sets to go past Akane.

    Akane def Carolina 18-21 21-17 21-14
    Sun Yu def Sindhu 21-15 21-17

Men’s Doubles
Group A: Danish pair with two straight wins is through to the semifinals, while having registered one win each top seeds Japanese pair vs Indonesian pair of Marcus / Kevin will decide the second semifinalist. Other Indonesian pair of Angga/Ricky lost both matches.

    Takeshi/Keigo (Japan) def Angga/Ricky (Indonesia) 21-15 21-9
    Mads/Mads (Denmark) def Marcus/Kevin 21-12 21-19

Group BWith Danish pair of Mathias/Carsten not playing and Chinese pair of Li/Liu losing both the matches, even before the final round the semifinalists are decided.

    Biao/Wei (China) got walkover
    Shem/Wee (Malaysia) def Junhui/Yuchen 18-21 21-19 21-19

Women’s Doubles
Group AThe semifinalists are decided already with top seed Japanese pair and Korean pair winning both the matches, while other Japanese and Chinese pair losing both.

    Top seeds Misaki/Ayaka def Luo Ying/Luo Yu 21-7 21-11
    Chang/Lee (Korea) def Naoko/Kurumi (Japan) 21-14 21-10

Group BChinese pair surprised all by sealing the first semifinal spot winning both matches. The third round match between 2nd seed Danish pair and Korean pair will send the second team from this group.

    Chen/Jia (China) def Kamilla/Christinna (Denmark) 21-13 14-21 21-13
    Jung/Shin (Korea) def Vivian/Khe (Malaysia) 21-19 21-17

Mixed Doubles
Group ATop seeds are knocked out, while Praveen/Debby (Indonesia) and Danish pair of Joachim/Christinna qualified for the semifinals. In Round 3, they will decide the group topper among themselves.

    3rd seed Joachim/Christinna (Denmark) def Tontowi/Liliyana (Japan) 21-8 11-6 Retired
    Praveen/Debby (Indonesia) def Top seeds Kio/Kim (Korea) 21-12 21-15

Group B 4th seed Chinese pair has sealed the semifinal spot while 2nd seed chinese pair and defending Champion English pair of Adcocks will fight for the second spot.

    Zheng/Chen (China) def Adcock/Adcock (England) 21-17 21-17
    2nd seed Lu/Huang (China) def Kenta/Ayane (Japan) 21-12 21-19

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