Only Hashimoto and Hirata stood in the way of five titles for China in the Asian Championships, with four all-Chinese finals already confirming China’s success this week.
The day begun with the women’s doubles and a victory for the 2nd seeded Wang and Yu over Tian and Zhao in a one-sided final with Wang and Yu winning 21-13, 21-10. It was a similar story in the men’s doubles as the top seeded Cai and Fu defeated Hashimoto and Hirata in equally impressive fashion winning 21-12, 21-15 to take the Asian title. Both pairs failed to drop a game on the way to the title and also both defeated their opponents in the final in 33 minutes.
Lin Dan claimed his 20th victory over Bao Chunlai in the men’s singles final, winning a two game match 21-19, 21-13 in 42 minutes to further establish himself as Lee Chong Wei’s only real competitor. Lu Lan’s run ended at the final stage, losing out to the 2nd seeded Wang Yihan in two games in a 21-15, 23-21 match that took 49 minutes.
The final match of the day was the closest, with top seeded Zhang and Zhao taking on 8th seeded Ma and Xu. Both pairs claimed a game by the score of 21-15 before the match reached 20-20 in the final game, with Ma and Xu saving a match point then getting one of their own before the top seeded reeled off three points from 23-22 down to claim the Asian title 25-23 in the decider in a 69 minute match.