Chinese Domination

The third day had the prospect of being a day of dominance, but the day was marred by the withdrawal of the 7th seed Jan O Jorgensen and of the 2nd seeded Lin Dan in the men’s singles. Lin Dan was the favourite for the title, especially after Peter Gade pulled out before the start of the event. Du Pengyu and Chen Long were the recipients of byes into the semi final stage and were joined later in the day by the 3rd seeded Chen Jin and 8th seeded Bao Chunlai to complete the monopoly of places in the last 4 of the singles.

The monopoly continued in the women’s singles, as the top 4 seeds progressed into the semi finals. Wang Xin and Wang Yihan’s victories over Chinese players in their quarter final matchup ensured at least two Chinese in the last 4, but Wang Shixian’s two game victory of Bae Youn Joo and Jiang Yanjiao defeating Inthanon Ratchanok, who defeated Lu Lan in the second round.

Only the unseeded Chai and Zhang fly the flag for the home nation, as Cai and Fu were defeated by Lee and Jung in a tight three game, 67-minute matchup. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen also crashed out to the 6th seeded Fang and Lee and the 2nd seeded Koo and Tan were also beating by their lower seeded opponents, 7th seeded Ko and Yoo.

Ma and Zhong’s new partnership has been a revelation in the women’s doubles, with their biggest win to date over the top seeded Chien and Cheng in two games to progressed into the last 4. They will take on the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea, the only pair in the last 4 not from China. 2nd seeded Zhao and Cheng progressed safely with a comfortable two game victory and will take on the 5th seeded Pan and Tian who won their quarter final in a tight three game match against Misaki and Takahashi of Japan.

Ma Jin’s success with new partners has also seen her reach the last 4 of the mixed doubles with He Hanbin, they defeated the 8th seeded Ko and Ha in a tight three game, 68-minute encounter to set up a semi final with Jiaming and Tian, which guarantees China a place in Sunday’s final. Zhang and Zhao have the chance to make it an all-Chinese final when they take on unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Goh in their semi final clash tomorrow.

Day 3 Results

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