Finally the finals kick off!
At noon, the last matches of this year's Swiss Open begin.
The first title will be awarded in the mixed doubles. It is also the first and last match a European team participates. Mathias Bay-Smidt/Rikke Søby (DEN) play against Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningthyas Mentari (INA). As world's ranked number 19, Rivaldy/Mentari clearly are to be called the favourites. But Bay-Smidt/Søby won yesterday's semi-final versus Kai Lu/Lu Chen (CHN) after three enthralling games and with a very tight score of 22-20, 19-21, 23-21. One should not underestimate the motivation, that often leads to a big surprise.
In women's double final the seeded number three and four will play for the title. Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (JPN) won the second ticket to the final in the late evening. It took them three games, too. After a strong and convincing start, the second game was dominated by their opponents from China, Wenmei Li and Yu Zheng. At the score of 7-7 in the third game, Matsuyama/Shida got back on the tracks and eventually won the match 21-17. Today, they will play for the title versus Ye Na Chang/Kyung Eun Jung (KOR), who showed a very strong and convincing performance during the whole tournament. Up to now, they didn't loose one single game. The final will be a badminton highlight, regarding technique, creativity and stamina.
Men's and women's singles finals both might be a surprise, too. The favourites for the titles cone from China, Yuqi Shi (men's singles) and Yufei Chen (women's singles) are the seeded number ones in their categories. Both improved their performances during the ongoing tournament and can be regarded as very strong opponents. But it won't be a piece of cake for them to win the titles. Their opponents, B. Sai Praneeth (IND) and Saena Kawakami (JPN), kicked out big names themselves and will be ready to take the long road.
Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (INA) will close the tournament with their match versus Yang Lee/Chi-Lin Wang (TPE). The men's double team from Chinese Taipei only played a few matches together and already entered the final in Basel. Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto are the seeded number four in the tournament. So far, they didn't loose a game and proved to be a worthy finalist.