The match we were robbed of at last month’s World Championships is now set. Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan defeated their quarter-final opponents in order to book their places in what will surely be the showdown of the tournament. Lee Chong Wei had an easier time against Chinese youngster Du Pengyu, who upset fifth seed Joachim Persson, winning in two straight games 21-15, 21-19. Lin Dan had to fight for his place, but as he so often does he pulled it out in the end defeating Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 13-31, 21-19. On the other side of the draw Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana proved his worth with a big win over Denmark’s hero Peter Gade 21-16, 19-21, 21-18. Ponsana will play Chen Jin who also took three games to defeat his challenger Chen Long also of China.
The women’s singles is far from inspiring with an all Chinese semi-finals as Lu Lan upset Hong Kong’s top seeded Zhou Mi in two quick games 21-10, 21-17. The giant killing streak of qualifier Wang Xin was extended when she knocked out France’s Pi Hongyan in two easy games 21-11, 21-10.
Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah kept Malaysia’s hopes alive by fighting their way to a semi-final match up against Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen while the bottom half of the draw will feature China’s top pair Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun against Korea’s Cho Gun Woo and Yoo Yeon Seong. It will take a strong performance from their challengers to prevent a finals match between Choong/Lee and Cai/Fu. Unsurprisingly the women’s doubles and mixed doubles are both all China affairs as we go into the semi-finals stage. In the women’s doubles top seeds Cheng/Zhao will face fourth seeds Pan/Tian while third seeds Du/Yu play Gao/Wei. In the mixed doubles it will be Chen/Zhang against Tao/Wang and Xie/Zhang against He/Yu.
Li Ning China Masters Super Series 2009 Draws