After the withdrawal of Chen Jin and Lin Dan earlier in the week, the tournament needed a show final in the men’s singles. The top seeds left in the due delivered in their semi final matches. Lee Chong Wei’s 21-14, 21-17 win over the 8th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen put the top seed into the final and was joined later that evening by the 3rd seeded Taufik Hidayat, who defeated China’s Chen Long in a three-game, 69 minute encounter that Hidayat battled back from an opening game defeat to win and reach the final.
Wang Xin has been excellent in recent months when playing against any other players apart from just two, one of those players is Wang Shixian and it was the 3rd seed who defeated top seeded Wang Xin for the second week running to reach the women’s singles final, she will play the 2nd seeded Saina Nehwal who has continued her excellent form from her Commonwealth Games gold in October. The Indian defeated Juliane Schenk in three games to set up her second meeting against Wang Shixian, the first being a comprehensive win for the Chinese 3rd seed at the World Championships in August.
Lee and Jung will not make it two titles in two weeks as they lost in their semi finals to the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan in a tight two game match, the Indonesian pair take on another Korean pair in tomorrow’s final as Ko and Yoo beat the 2005 world champions Bach and Gunawan of the USA in two games to reach the final. Top seeded Cheng and Chien are through to the final of the women’s doubles after defeating the 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina in three games, taking just 39 minutes to complete. The top seeds take on the Chinese pair of Yu and Wang who demolished their Chinese team-mates and 5th seeded Pan and Tian in a 21-9, 21-8 victory in just 23 minutes, the pair have not dropped a game and have been on court just 91 minutes on route to the final.
The All-England champions Zhang and Zhao are through to the final this week after a two game win over Chien and Lee in their semi final and will take on the Danish pair of Pedersen and Fischer Nielsen who defeated the Chinese pair of Xu and Yu in three games, but the Danes made hard work of the third game as their 16-8 lead was brought back to 19-19 before regaining the lead and taking the match 21-19 in the third game.