Lin Dan suffers his second defeat in his second tournament back as Peter Gade finally defeats his archrival.
Three of the four players left in the event are Chinese; the only Chinese loss today came from the 2nd seed and current world champion Lin Dan who lost out to Peter Gade. The 5th seed continued his outstanding form that seen him reach the All England Semi Final last week. Gade came through his match 21-17, 21-16 to book his place in the semi final.
Unseeded Du Pengyu is an excellent form as he continues into the semi finals, defeated Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the quarter final 24-22, 21-17. Chen Jin is also through with a two game victory of Tien Minh Nguyen, the 3rd seed winning 21-16, 21-11. Chen Long is the 3rd Chinese player left in the competition, the 8th seed defeating Kazushi Yamada in two games 21-16, 21-11.
Wang Shixian is through to the semi final after defeating Wang Yihan’s conqueror in the quarterfinal, Yip Pui Yin. The 6th seed coming through 21-8, 20-22, 21-12 to book a semi final match against Ella Diehl of Russia. The unseeded Russian defeated current world champion and 4th seed Lu Lan of China in the quarterfinals to book her place against Wang Shixian, winning 22-20, 21-15.
Unseeded Korean Bae Youn Joo is also through to the semi final after being 3rd seed Pi Hongyan in the quarterfinals, winning 21-12, 24-22. She will play the 2nd seed and on-form Jiang Yanjiao of China, she defeated 8th seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany 21-7, 21-18 to book her place against Bae Youn Joo in the semi final.
Koo and Tan progress to the semi finals with a excellent two game victory over Kim and Shin of Korea, winning 21-17, 21-14. They will play the 4th seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark after they defeated the 6th seed Guo and Xu 21-12, 14-21, 21-17.
The second semi final is an unseeded affair, with Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan beating Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 29-27 to progress into the last 4. Paaske and Rasmussen’s excellent couple of weeks ended surprisingly with a three game defeat to Ko and Yoo of Korea, who defeated the 2nd seeds Lee and Jung in the second round.
3rd of the last 4 seeds in the draw defeated their higher seeded opponents to reach this stage, with 5th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna beating top seeded Chin and Wong of Malaysia in three games. Ha and Lee beat 4th seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh in the quarterfinals to book their place against Maeda and Suetsuna.
Chen and Chien, the 3rd seed are the only one of the top 4 seeds to win, defeating Du and Pan, the 6th seeds from China. China does have one pair in the last 4, with 7th seeded Tian and Yu beating Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan in their quarterfinal.
Unseeded pair Shin and Yoo of Korea are into the semi finals after a three game victory over Chen and Chen of Chinese Taipei, they will play the 3rd seed and current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl in the semi final after the Danish duo defeated Zhang and Tian of China in their quarterfinal, winning 22-20, 21-19.
The other semi final will not go ahead, after Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk pulled out of the event after their three game victory over Yoo and Kim of Korea. This means that Lee and Lee’s victory over Tao and Zhang in the quarterfinal is their last match before Sunday’s final.
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the Major BWF events and Super Series events. Previous worked for The Guardian newspaper and was also featured in the New York Times during the London 2012 Olympics.