There will be as many as five first-time HSBC BWF World Tour finalists at the Orléans Masters 2023 today.
Rajawat, imperious in his 21-12 21-9 win over Irishman Nhat Nguyen is nine events old while Magnussen only made his debut this season at the Thailand Masters. The Dane had a tougher time against Lei Lan Xi before prevailing 10-21 21-15 21-19.
Chinese men’s pair Chen Bo Yang/Liu Yi, 22 and 19 respectively, are also through to a title match in only their second World Tour tournament. The world No.81s saw off seasoned campaigners ranked 58 places above them – Lee Jhe-huei/Yang Po-hsuan – in clinical fashion, closing out the match 21-15 21-15 in 33 minutes.
Another first-time finalist joining the quartet is 22-year-old Malaysian Toh Ee Wei, who combined with Chen Tang Jie to beat mixed doubles fourth seeds Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto/Lisa Ayu Kusumawati 21-10 21-16. They face Ye Hong Wei/Lee Chia Hsin, 21-18 17-21 21-12 winners over Kusharjanto/Kusumawati’s Indonesian compatriots Adnan Maulana/Nita Violina Marwah.
The women’s singles final will be the only one featuring seeded players – Carolina Marin (first) and Beiwen Zhang (sixth). Both won their semis in straight games; Marin beating Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt 21-11 21-13 and Beiwen besting Yvonne Li 21-12 21-19.
Marin leads the head-to-head 6-2 and has not lost to her American opponent for 10 years. Their most recent meeting came just four weeks ago in the All England round of 16. Marin won 21-13 21-18.