Ji Sung Hyun of Korea / image brainjam.co.nz

Sung Ji Hyun through to women’s singles final

Women’s Singles number one seed Sung Ji Hyun gave Korean fans a lift after she disposed of Chiang Mei Hui of Chinese Taipei, 21-13, 21-8 to reach the SKYCITY New Zealand Open final at North Shore Events Centre today.

Chiang Mei Hui had earlier beaten Chisato Hoshi 21-16, 14-21, 21-18, Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia, 21-18, 15-21, 21-15, and Kaori Imabeppu of Japan, 21-17, 21-16, but she was no match for a player of Sung Ji Hyun’s calibre and form.

The 24-year-old Korean glided to a relatively straight forward first game victory winning 21-13 and a finals berth was formalised in the second when she accounted for Chiang Mei Hui to win the game 21-8 and the match.

Sung Ji Hyun said she firmly believed she would win the match.

“I was very confident coming into this match because yesterday I had a very tough match with a Chinese player that meant I needed to be at my best today,” she said.

When asked if an easier semi-final was an advantage or a detriment to her objective, Sung Ji Hyun said other factors came into play.

“It depends on how the draw unfolds. It can be be difficult sometimes to play an easier semi-final but I’ve had tough games before this that help keep you focused. Facing a player of a lower rank at this stage can give you confidence you can win,” she said.

In the other women’s singles last four clash, Japan’s Aha Ohori defeated third seed Bae Yeon Ju, 21-16, 21-17.

The result capped off a disappointing night of semi-final showdowns for Korea, Bae Yeon Ju becoming the fourth Korean to be eliminated on the night after a loss in the Women’s Doubles and twin defeats in each of the Mixed Doubles clashes.

The unseeded Japanese player now faces Sung Ji Hyun in the finals tomorrow night.