Taiwanese shuttler Sung Shuo-yun advances to Canada Open final

10/02/2022 04:32 PM
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Taiwanese badminton player Sung Shuo-yun. Photo: Sung
Taiwanese badminton player Sung Shuo-yun. Photo: Sung's Facebook page

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's female shuttler Sung Shuo-yun (宋碩芸) advanced to the women's singles final at Yonex Canada Open 2022 with a 9-21, 21-15, 21-19 semifinal win over top seed Carolina Marin of Spain Saturday.

With her victory over the erstwhile World No. 1 Marin at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Sung reached her first-ever BWF Super Series final.

The 25-year-old Sung dispatched third-seed Beiwen Zhang of the United States in the quarterfinals Friday, and reached Saturday's semifinal without surrendering a single game in the previous three rounds.

Saturday's match was the first meeting between Sung and Marin, and the veteran Spaniard's experience was evident as she clinched the opening game 21-9.

Despite falling behind 10-13 in the second set, Sung rallied to win the second game 21-15.

Sung established a 6-1 lead at the beginning of the rubber before being pegged back by Marin.

The Taiwanese shuttler, however, remained calm to clinch the game 21-19, and with it the match.

Sung will face Canada's Michelle Li, the tournament's second seed, in Sunday's final.

Sung will earn 5,500 points and US$5,625 if she wins the final, and 4,680 points and US$2,850 if she finishes as the tournament's runner-up.

Regardless of the outcome, just reaching the final marks a new career high for Sung.

Her previous best BWF Super Series finish was an appearance in the semifinals of the Orleans Masters 2019.

Aside from Sung, Taiwan's Ye Hong-wei (葉宏蔚) and Lee Chia Hsin (李佳馨) also made their way to the mixed doubles final on Sunday, where they will vie with Japan's Hiroki Midorikawa and Natsu Saito for the title.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Chao Yen-hsiang)

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