In spite of the size of the event the Asian Badminton Championships there are relatively few big stars on show, and even fewer stars remaining heading into the finals stage.
China are guaranteed the title with one veteran and one rookie on deck. Lin Dan had a relatively straight forward win over Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 22-20, 21-10 to book his spot in the final against the relatively unknown Wang Zhengming. Wang had a more challenging semi-final against Japan’s rising star Kenichi Tago. The young Japanese shuttler wasn’t able to reproduce the magic from his All England run and lost in three close games 21-14, 19-21, 21-16.
Once again China are guaranteed the title, but this time both players are unknown qualifiers making their first major final appearances. The top seeded Saina Nehwal was unable to go the push her opponent Li Xuerui and easily succumbed in two games 21-17, 21-11. The second seeded Zhou Mi suffered a similar fate against her opponent Liu Xin and lost 21-15, 21-18.
While not regularly an event with a strong presence from the Malaysians, Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon have booked their place in the finals against China’s Pan Pan and Tian Qing. The Chinese pair are strong favourites to win the title, but the Malaysians have done well to fight their way through thus far.
The mens doubles features the top seeds from Chinese Taipei Chen Hung Ling and Lin Yu Lang who squeezed out a win over Korea’s Han Sang Hoon and Hwang Ji Man in three close games 21-18, 12-21, 21-18 to book their place against Korea’s fifth seeds Cho Gun Woo and Yoo Yeon Seong who booked their place with a win over Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu 21-18, 22-20.
The last finals line up is the mixed doubles which has Yoo Yeon Seong in his second final with partner Kim Min Jung against Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.