PETALING JAYA: Japan continued their march for the Asian Mixed Team Championship title after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the semi-finals in Hong Kong yesterday.
The Indonesians failed to fare any better than Malaysia, who also fell 3-0 to the top seeds earlier in the quarter-finals.
Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi did not waste any time in making their presence felt when they easily brushed aside Frengky Wijaya Putra-Sabar Karyaman Gutama 21-11, 21-18 in the opening men’s doubles match.
World No. 12 Sayaka Takahashi (pic) then consolidated Japan’s lead when she comfortably defeated Ruselli Hartawan 21-15, 21-15 in the women’s singles.
It was Takahashi’s second win in as many meetings with the world No. 41.
With Indonesia’s hopes all resting on Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the men’s singles, the world No. 47 fought hard but failed to deliver in a hotly contested match that saw him lose 21-15, 17-21, 16-21 to Kenta Tsuneyama in 75 minutes.
Japan will play either Hong Kong or China in the final today.
Japan bt Indonesia 3-0 (Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi bt Frengky Wijaya Putra-Sabar Karyaman Gutama 21-11, 21-18; Sayaka Takahashi bt Ruselli Hartawan 21-15, 21-15; Kenta Tsuneyama bt Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 15-21, 21-17, 21-16).