The possibility of a European winner in Paris ended today as the Chinese juggernaut was in a relentless mood as they stormed into eight of the ten finals places for tomorrow.
Peter Gade’s dream of making the world championship final was but a game away but Chen Jin stormed back in the next two games, allowing the Dane just 19 points from the last two games as it was the Chinese player who won their 71-minute encounter 19-21, 21-11, 21-8.
Chen Jin’s opponent in tomorrow’s final is the enigmatic Taufik Hidayat who has returned his former greatness with a stunning week, capped of today in booking his place in tomorrow’s final with a hard fought two game victory over Park Sung Hwan, who defeated Lin Dan yesterday. The 5th seed is the only non-Chinese player in either singles final tomorrow.
Many people earlier in the week predicted an all-Chinese final in the women’s singles, with Wang Yihan almost certain to feature but it is the 7th seed Wang Lin who is in tomorrow’s final from the top half of the draw after a stunning performance over the European champion Tine Baun in a 31-minute masterclass by the 7th seed. Winning 21-11, 21-8 to reach the final.
The other semi final was an all-Chinese match between Wang Xin and Wang Shixian that was a far more even encounter than the first semi final. It was the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who took the deciding game 21-16 to book her place in the all-Chinese final against Wang Lin, who eventually won the 57-minute encounter.
Top seeded Koo and Tan’s performances of late had been poor and had not reached a final since March. This week they have been deserving of the top seeding after a fantastic two game victory over the 4th seeded Guo and Xu of China, taking the match 21-14, 21-18 in 39 minutes to book their place in tomorrow’s final. They will play the 2009 world champions and 5th seeds Cai and Fu in the final after their two game victory over the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan, winning 21-16, 21-13 in just 36 minutes and without dropping a game on route to the final, winning all four of their matches in two games.
The women’s doubles pits the top two seeds against each other for the world championship as Du and Fu, the 2nd seeds defeated the 3rd seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei in two games to book their place in tomorrow’s final, for Yu Yang it was her second game of the day. Ma and Wang are also through to tomorrow’s final but spent over an hour on court after Ma Jin had already played in the days opening mixed doubles game. The top seeds battled back from losing the opening game 21-10 to defeat their teammates and 4th seeded Cheng and Zhao to progress into tomorrow’s final.
The mixed doubles will have two of the women’s doubles finalists in it also, with Ma Jin teaming up with Zheng Bo after their three game victory over Ko and Ha of Korea put the 8th seeded pair into the final, with Ma Jin spending over two hours on court today for her to progress into two world championship finals. For Yu Yang, her and partner He Hanbin spent a mere 29 minutes disposing of the 16th seeded Chien and Lee of Chinese Taipei to book their place in tomorrow’s final. Chien Yu Chin was another player playing in two semi finals today and was defeated both times by Yu Yang.
Tomorrow’s order of play starts with the mixed doubles, with the two pairs playing for the first time, in the world championship final. The men’s singles between Chen Jin and Taufik Hidayat is on next, with Chen Jin holding a 2-1 record ove the Indonesia, who defeated the Chinese player in 2007.
The women’s singles final is perhaps the most difficult to predict, with both players in excellent form and holding a 1-1 record against each other, both matches taking place within a week of each other in September of 2009. The women’s doubles has the top two seeds in it but it is the lower seeded pair that have the advantage in the head to head, leading 4-1 with Ma and Jin’s sole victory coming in November last year.
The men’s doubles final with be the 9th meeting between the pairs since 2007, with Cai and Fu taking the last three victories, most notably at the Uber Cup finals in May this year and the Chinese pair have won five of the last six encounters against the Malaysians and lead the head to head 5-3