Photo: Paul ZimmerYe Qiu Yu (CHN) and Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN)
China’s Ye Qui Yu and Japan’s Jumpei Yamasaki set a gold medal match against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann and Poland’s Jan Zielinski in Sunday’s mixed doubles final after both came through their semifinal matches in straight sets on Saturday.
The unseeded duo will battle the No. 5 seeds for the top prize in the mixed team event after riding a wave of support to defeat Fanni Stollar and Kamil Majchrzak 76(5) 64 to reach the final.
“The atmosphere is great as my partner is from China,” said Yamasaki, who won a bronze medal in the boys’ doubles earlier in the day with countryman Ryotaro Matsumura. “I played three matches yesterday and two matches today, but it’s okay, it’s not that trying for me. Tomorrow, I’ll do my best.”
"We just keep our eyes on the game itself,” chipped in Ye. “Our opponents are emotional, but I think it is fine. Different people have different ways to make themselves relax. I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow."
Teichmann and Zielinski were barely troubled in their semifinal match with Romania’s Ioana Ducu and Argentina’s Matias Zukas, reeling off the games to triumph 62 61 in a mere 54 minutes.