The hosts last chance of success came in the Thomas Cup Semi Final against the favourites China, Lee Chong Wei would need to begin the charge against Lin Dan in the opening singles.
Japan vs. Indonesia
This afternoon’s matches saw an in form Taufik Hidayat demolish Kenichi Tago in the opening singles 21-9, 21-14 to give Indonesian an early advantage. The lead was doubled when Kido and Setiawan annihilated Hayakawa and Kazuno 21-9, 21-11 in just 22 minutes, putting Indonesia within a game of the Thomas Cup Final. Sho Sasaki halved the lead with a brave three-game victory over Simon Santoso, winning 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 to send the match to it’s 4th rubber. Indonesia completed their victory with 21-14, 22-20 win from Widianto and Chandra against Hirata and Endo to put them through to Sunday’s final.
China vs. Malaysia
The most anticipated match of the week was a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei matchup, would we get the Lin Dan who crashed out of the All England and Swiss Opens or the all-conquering Lin Dan who won the 2008 Olympics and 2009 All-England. The match in itself lasted 48 minutes, but from the outset there was only going to be one winner as Lin Dan returned to greatness with a 21-17, 21-8 victory over the world number 1. With Lee Chong Wei only taking one lead in the entire match, at 3-2 in the opening game. Cai and Fu carried on from Lin Dan’s opening victory with a 21-15, 21-10 with over Koo and Tan in 36 minutes to put China within one game of the final. Chen Jin booked China’s place in Sunday’s final after crushing Wong Choong Han 21-16, 21-7.