Chen Jin was the first player to reach the last 8 with his win over Chan Yan Kit, followed closely by Tien Minh Nguyen after Bao Chunlai, seeded 8 retired in the third game, trailing 11-6, allowing the Vietnamese player a free pass into the quarterfinals.
There was also double success for Denmark as Jan O Jorgensen defeated Kazushi Yamada 21-11, 21-19 to reach the last 8, whilst Peter Gade received a free pass into the quarters after Hsieh Yu Hsing pulled out of their match before the pair took to the court.
Du Pengyu had Lee Chong Wei on the ropes early on after taking the opening game 23-21 over the top seed, but the Malaysian rallied back to take the next two matches to win the match 21-23, 21-17, 21-14. There was more Malaysian success with Chong Wei Feng also reaching the last 8 with a three game victory over Chetan Anand of India, 21-15, 19-21, 21-18.
The Chinese dominance is the main story from the competition so far, with four Chinese women in the last 8. Top seeded Wang Yihan defeated last week’s Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian to book her place in the quarterfinals, 21-11, 21-13. The top seed will play another Chinese player in the last 8, with Jiang Yanjiao beating Yip Pui Yin in three games to set up an all-Chinese quarterfinal.
The next quarterfinal, is an all-Korean affair. Bae Youn Joo will play Sung Hi Hyun for a place in the last 4, with Joo defeating Salakjit Ponsana in two games, 21-16, 21-11. Sung beat Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo in three games, 12-21, 21-18, 21-17. Saina Nehwal takes on the third Chinese woman left in the draw, the unseeded Wang Xin after she defeated 3rd seeded Tine Rasmussen 13-21, 21-16, 21-19 to book her place against the 7th seeded Indian.
Eriko Hirose’s victory over 8th seeded Juliane Schenk means she will play the fourth Chinese woman left in the draw, the 2nd seeded Wang Lin for a place in the last 4.
Koo and Tan are through to the last 8 after their two game win over Sun and Tao of China, they will play the 7th seeded Clark and Robertson who beat Kim and Shin of Korea, 21-18, 21-18. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan are also through, defeating Mak and Tan of Malaysia to book their match against Chandra and Gunawan, the 4th seeds from Indonesia.
Ma and Jin are in frighteningly impressive form, as they defeated White and Wallwork 21-18, 21-2 to book a place in the last 8. They play the unseeded Korean pairing of Kim and Park. The 3rd seeds Chin and Wong are also in impressive form, winning 21-12, 21-8 over Hoo and Woon in an all-Malaysian round 2 match. Du and Yu, seeded 2 are also in fantastic form with their 21-3, 21-9 win to set up their quarterfinal match against Nedelcheva and Russkikh, the 6th seeds.
Lee and Lee’s chances for revenge over Tao and Zhang were dashed when the top seeded Korean’s pulled out before the match begun. Leaving only two seeds remaining, but the world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are still in the competition after a 24-22, 21-13 win over Shin and Yoo of Korea, they will play Robertson and Wallwork of England after beating their English counterparts Clark and Olver to reach the last 8.