Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli met twice today as the two world championship finalist met each other in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles. Ma and He, the 8th seeds defeated their unseeded opponents, Wang and Shen to give first blood to Ma. However in one of the last matches of the day, Wang defeated Ma in the women’s doubles as her and her partner Yu Yang, seeded 5th defeated the unseeded Ma and Zhong in two tight games.
The men’s singles as an all-Chinese affair, with the remaining 4 players all coming from the home nation. The highest seed left in the draw is Lin Dan, who remains without a title in 2010. He defeated Hu Yun in two games to book his place in the semi finals against unseeded Wang Zhengming, who defeated Lee Hyun Il in two games to book his place in the last 4. The other semi final sees Bao Chunlai take on Chen Long who both overcame their unseeded opponents to book their places in the semi finals.
There is only one non-Chinese player in the women’s singles, as the top 4 seeds have progressed to the semi final stage. Top seeded Wang Yihan takes on Tine Baun in the first semi final with the top seed coming through a second three game encounter to book her place in the last 4.The other semi final sees Wang Shixian take on Wang Xin, unseeded Lu Lan’s campaign ends at the quarter final stage with a two game loss to 3rd seeded Wang Shixian.
Unlike the other events, there is only one Chinese pair left in the men’s doubles, the 2009 and 2010 World Champions Cai and Fu take on Lee and Jung in a highly anticipated match since their previous meeting was in January. Unseeded Chan and Lim of Malaysia will take on the 4th seeded Ko and Yoo in the other semi final, with the Malaysia unseeded pair looking to take out their second seeds of the week after taking out Chai and Zhang in Round 2.
Both the women’s doubles and ladies doubles have 3 Chinese pairs in both events, but the top seeds remaning. Cheng and Chien progressed into the last 4 with a three game win over Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia whilst Widianto and Natsir came from 20-16 down in the third game to progress into the semi finals against Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen.