Lee Chong Wei (1) v Chen Jin (3)
There was the potential for an upset, but it never happened. Lee Chong Wei coasted into the final with a routine 2 game victory over Chen Jin 21-11, 21-13. The bigger surprise was to have this game played on the outside court so that the other semi final could go on the TV court.
Chen Long (7) v Peter Gade (2)
The second semi final looked to be going the same way as the first, with Gade taking the opening game 21-13, but a fightback was on as Chen Long took the second game impressively by the score of 21-10. The 2nd seed was not to be denied and begun his own fightback in the third game and took the match 21-17 in the deciding game to book his place in tomorrow’s final.
The locals were guaranteed at least one Korean in the final, with the possibility of a second in the other semi final. Sung Ji Hyun played Bae Sueng Hee in the first of the semi finals, with the pair sharing the opening two games, but Hyun dominated the final game and won the match 21-18, 17-21, 21-9.
Wang Shixian stood in the way of an all-Korean final, Hi Kim Moon was looking to book her place in tomorrow’s final at the expense of the 6th seed. However, Wang Shixian had other ideas and won the opening game 21-17. The second game was a close affair but the 6th seed won the second game and the match 21-17, 22-20.
The men’s doubles final will be a rematch of the sensational 2009 World Championship final between Lee and Jung of Korea, seeded 1 and Cai and Fu of China, seeded 5. Both partnerships coming through their semi finals in two games.
The top two seeds in the women’s doubles will meet in tomorrow’s final, with Cheng and Zhao winning their semi final 21-5, 21-14 against Lee and Ha of Korea. Fujii and Kakiiwa defeated Jung and Yoo in three games, 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 in the longest match of the day.
In the mixed doubles final, unseeded Chinese pairing of Tao and Zhang who defeated Lee and Lee in the first round have made it all the way to the final without dropping a game on route, as well as defeated the 1 and 7 seeds. They play He and Yu in an all-Chinese final, with the 3rd seeded He and Yu only dropping one game on route to the final also.