The All-Chinese semi finals in the Men’s Singles were averted, but not without a serious fight from the unseeded Chinese players. Lin Dan and Chen Jin secured their places in the last four whilst Taufik Hidiyat and Chen Long battled it out for a place in the last four. The fourth seeded Indonesian winning in two games, 22-20, 21-15.
Peter Gade against Bao Chunlai promised to be a classic, Gade taking the opening game 21-15 only for Bao Chunlai to respond, taking the second game 21-14. Just after the hour mark, Gade secured his place in the last four with a 21-13 win in the deciding game.
Wang Lin dropped the opening game to Saina Nehwal of India, but responded superbly to win the next two games and secure her place in the last four of the Women’s singles. The all-Chinese quarter final between Wang Yihan and Lu Lan was one of the shortest matches of the day, with the 3rd seed Wang Yihan beating world champion 21-17, 23-21. Pi Hongyan took a close opening game against Olga Konon in another of the quarterfinals, before demolishing her Polish opponent 21-9 in the second game.
China boasts interest in eight of the ten matches taking place tomorrow, two being all-Chinese affairs, with the Peter Gade – Taufik Hidayat match and the men’s doubles match between Boe and Mogensen against Koo and Tan being the other two matches on court tomorrow.
Only two non-seeded players remain in the five events, Yao Jie plays top seeded Wang Lin in the Women’s singles and the exciting Chinese pairing of Tao and Sun play top seeded Kido and Setiawan in the Men’s Doubles.
China has guaranteed themselves two places on Sunday, play starts 2pm local to see if they can increase that tally.
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