The world No.17 has been on the front foot all week in Council Bluffs, dropping only one game – in the second round against Lin Hsiang Ti.
In the semifinal she won 21-12 21-19 against Line Christophersen on Saturday, Katethong looked comfortable throughout, even when briefly trailing 14-11 and then 17-15 in the second game.
“I’ll be keeping the pace high,” said the shuttler going for her maiden World Tour title. “That’s my style, that’s how I like to play – more offensive, high speed, ensure I get my drops right to force my opponents to lift.”
“Delighted to be in a final again. I’ll do my best to make it (this time),” promised the 25-year-old.
“This is an important win in my career as it takes me closer to my first World Tour title. And it matters more because the number of Olympic qualification points I could get.”
The title match promises to be gripping with Gao also into a World Tour final after five years. She lost to Sayaka Takahashi back in 2018 at the Singapore Open.
Katethong agrees she must be at her best to get a result.
“I’ve been playing well this week but also made mistakes. I must avoid those when facing a strong opponent.”
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