The second Semi-Final in the Mixed Doubles today sees No 1 seed Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili take on Dae Eun Kim and So Young Kim of Korea to determine who will take on Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Vita Marissa in tomorrow’s Final.
Widianto and Dili from Indonesia, advanced to the semi finals on Friday after defeating Australia’s Ross Smith and Renuga Veeran 21-13, 21-18. They had a tough road to the quarter-finals, going to 3 games in each of their preliminary matches against Chinese pairs Junhui/Ou and Yuchen/Huang.
Their opponents, No6 seeds Dae Eun Kim and So Young Kim from Korea, outplayed the No3 seeded pair of Aik Quan Tan and Pei Jing Lai from Malaysia in the quarter finals to earn their spot in the semi finals, after earlier overcoming Fernaldi and Variella of Indonesia.
The Mixed Doubles top seeds Riky Widianto & Puspita Richi Dili justified their ranking today, edging past the determined Dae Eun Kim and So Young Kim of Korea in a frenetic, three-game match. With one game each, there was plenty to play for as the match moved towards the one-hour mark. The furious pace of the Koreans in the second game saw their energy sapped, and they fell behind Widianto and Dili early in the third game and failed to recover.
Widianto & Dili (INA) defeat Kim & Kim (KOR)