The all-Chinese final was ensured yesterday with the 4 semi-finalists being all from the host nation. Lin Dan hadn’t reached a final this year but took on unseeded Wang Zhengming in the first of the semi finals, the 46 minute encounter was an excellent test for Lin Dan, but he was rarely troubled in his 21-12, 21-17 victory to delight the local crowd. The other semi final was a surprise, as 7th seeded Chen Long defeated his more experienced opponent Bao Chunlai in a two-game, 52 minute encounter that the 7th seed took 21-18, 21-12.
There was a real surprise in the women’s singles, as top seed Wang Yihan was defeated by 4th seeded Tine Baun in a tight yet convincing two game victory, the 4th seeded Dane winning 21-16, 21-19. She will play Wang Xin, who is looking to put her world championship final defeat behind her. She defeated the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian 21-11, 21-15 to book her place in tomorrow’s final.
The men’s doubles match between Cai and Fu and Lee and Jung was another fabulous three-game encounter, with the Chinese pair losing the opening game only to bounce back and win the next two to delight the home fans. They take on another Korean pair in the final as Ko and Yoo defeated the unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Lim in two games to book their place in tomorrow’s final.
The Wang/Lu partnership has been a heralded success at this weeks event, they defeated the 2nd seeded pair of Cheng and Zhao in two tight games to book their place in the final, where they will take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Lu and Bao who defeated the top seeded Cheng and Chien in three games to set up the second all-Chinese final tomorrow.
The third all Chinese final sees another unseeded Chinese pair, Xu and Yu convincingly defeated the top seeds Widianto and Natsir in two games, winning 21-11, 21-17 to set up a final against the 7th seeded Tao and Tian. They defeated the 8th seeded Ma and He in three games, after losing the opening game 21-7.