PETALING JAYA: Indonesian shuttlers Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are on the verge of winning their first world-level title after they stormed into the men’s doubles final at the World Superseries Finals.
The world No. 1 battled for 63 minutes to beat Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda of Japan 21-10, 18-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
Marcus-Kevin will take on Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan of China in the final.
World No. 4 Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan upstaged world No. 2 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 21-17, 21-16 in 52 minutes in the other semi-final.
The 26-year-old Marcus and 21-year-old Kevin featured in two world-level tournaments in the last one year but never managed to go beyond the quarter-finals.
They lost in the quarter-finals at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai last year and also failed to live up to expectations when they crashed out in the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.
Marcus-Kevin, who have been playing together since April last year, are the most dominant pair this season with Open wins in Hong Kong, England, India, Malaysia, Japan and China.
Meanwhile in the men’s singles semi-finals, Malaysian Lee Chong Wei faces South Korean Son Wan-ho while Shi Yuqi of China takes on world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
Group B: Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 21-17, 19-21, 21-14.
Group A: Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-10, 21-18.
Men’s doubles semi-finals: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-10, 18-21, 21-16; Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-17, 21-16.
Women’s doubles semi-finals: Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Huang Yaqiong-Yu Xioahan (Chn) 21-13, 21-14; Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-19, 21-19.
Mixed doubles semi-finals: Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.