The opening day was a success for Chinese badminton but the second day would test some of the relative unknowns of the Chinese system against some of the regulars on the Super Series circuit. It was a task that they held their own against, with some victories of merit to bolster China’s chance to win all five events on their soil for the second time in 2010.
The Chinese seeds in the men’s singles progressed safely into the quarter finals, guaranteeing at least 4 players in the last 8. However that was only the beginning of the Chinese domination, Li Yu qualified after defeating Lee Hyun Il in his second round match and Du Pengyu beat Hu Yun to take China’s tally to six. Sheng Zhang made it 7 after defeating the 6th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in three games, meaning that Jan O Jorgensen was the sole non-Chinese player left in the men’s singles draw. Jorgensen’s matches have both went to three games, including a tight match in his opening round against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai which had he lost, could have meant all 8 players would have been Chinese in the singles.
There is a similar story in the women’s singles, with 6 of the 8 players remaining being Chinese. Bae Youn Joo is the sole non-Chinese seed left in the draw, with unseeded Thai player Inthanon Ratchanok defeating Lu Lan to book her place in the last 8. There were wins for Wang Xin, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao and they are joined in the last 8 by Hui Zhou who defeated the 6th seeded Juliane Schenk in three games. Qualifier Xia Jingyun is the 8th player in the quarter finals, defeating Beiwin Zhang of Singapore in three games.
All of the 7 seeds that started the week in the men’s doubles are safely through to the last 8, with Chai and Zhang of China taking the 8th spot in the quarter finals left open by Kido and Setiawan’s withdrawal. The match of the day in the men’s doubles will undoubtably be the match between Cai and Fu playing Lee and Jung of Korea. However the other 3 matches will also all be of high quality as this event boasts the highest amount of seeds remaining in the draw.
Ma and Zhong’s run in the women’s doubles continues with a win over the 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang in their second round match, they take on the top seeded Chien and Cheng in their quarter final match. Zhao and Cheng, the 2nd seeds are also safely into the quarter finals and take on a Chinese pair in their next match as Ting and Xiong defeated their Chinese opponents of Dong and Ou to reach the last 8.
Mateusiak and Zieba also lost today to a new Chinese pairing, with Ma and He beating the 2nd seeds in two games to set up a quarter final match against the 8th seeded Ko and Ha of Korea. Zhang and Zhao, the 5th seeds are the only Chinese seed left in the draw but there is three unseeded pairs remaining in the draw, including Zhang and Zhao’s opponents in the quarter final, Yu and Kai who defeated Chinese qualifiers Shen and Pan to reach the last 8.