Saturday, December 20, 2008

Clark and Kellogg edged out in Masters semi-finals

EUROPEAN champions Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg were edged out by doubles world champions Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir at the BWF Super Series Masters semi-finals in Sabah, Malaysia, today.

The world No 4 pair and third seeds lost to the Indonesian top seeds 23-21 21-17 after letting slip two games points in the opener. The Indonesians took the game on their third game point.

The double English National champions were in touch at 14-13 in the second game before the Indonesians edged away to win on their second match point after 36 minutes.

In the final they will face Denmark's Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl in the battle of the unbeaten pairs. In the semi-final they beat Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam despite the Thailand pair retiring in the third game against Widianto and Natsir in their finaljavascript:void(0) group match yesterday.

Yonex All England champion Tine Rasmussen was Europe's last hope in the women's singles but she went down 21-13 21-16 to former Chinese star and Hong Kong player Zhou Mi in their semi-final.

But Europe have one finalist in Peter Gade. The Dane qualified in second place in his group on countback (points won and lost) after he, Chan Yan Kit and Wong Choong Hann had each won one match and lost two.

And in the semi-final fourth seed Gade beat second seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 21-10 21-10. Gade will face Lee Chong Wei or Taufik Hidayat in the men's singles final tomorrow.

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