Upsets at US Open semis

There were upsets in the men’s and women’s singles semi-final matches at badminton’s US Open at El Monte, California on Saturday.

In the men’s singles, unseeded Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan surprised India’s fourth seed 21-10, 21-14 in a convincing win lasting just 33 minutes.

He will be up against Korea Republic’s Lee Hyun Il, who hammered Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon 21-16, 21-8, in Sunday’s final.

In a big upset in the women’s semi-finals, unseeded Saena Kawakami of Japan needed 40 minutes to beat Canadian second seed Michelle Li 21-18, 21-12.

And in another woman’s singles upset, Japan’s unseeded Ayumi Mine beat seventh seed Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria 22-20, 21-12 in 46 minutes.

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