The world’s elite has been halved from 40 participants to just 20 as the final group matches determined who progressed into Saturday’s knockout rounds. Whilst most of the favourites are into the semi finals, there has been some big name departures at the group stage.
Lee Chong Wei’s two game victory over Peter Gade confirmed his place at the top of Group A, whilst Chen Long’s win over Boonsak Ponsana ensured top spot for the Chinese player. Chen Long takes on Peter Gade in the first semi final, with the two sharing one victory apiece in their head to heads. Lee Chong Wei’s head to head over Boonsak Ponsana in the other semi final is much more one sided, with the Malaysian winning 10 of their 12 encounters.
The group winners in the women’s singles as expected, were the two Chinese seeds in Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian. Both claimed perfect records from their group matches and go into tomorrow’s semi finals as clear favourites. Wang Yihan takes on Bae Joun Yoo, with the Korean winning their only match to date. Wang Shixian takes on Yip Pui Yin in the other semi final, with the top seed from China winning all of their 3 encounters to date. Tine Baun’s sole victory in Group B was not enough to see her qualify, which is a massive blow to the Danish team that also seen Laybourn and Rytter Juhl pull out of the mixed doubles.
Every tournament almost brings up another potential Cai/Fu versus Lee/Jung matchup and this week is no different. Both partnerships impressively won their groups without losing a match and look on route to their 13th matchup in Sunday’s final, if both can win their semi final. Cai and Fu take on the top seeded Boe and Mogensen for a place in the final, whilst Lee and Jung take on the Chinese pair of Chai and Zhang. Both group winners are ahead in their head to heads with their semi final rivals.
Wang and Yu have been the story of the women’s doubles in the past 6 months since joining forces, with their impressive run of results continuing this week as they topped Group B ahead of team-mates Cheng and Zhao. The second seeded Cheng and Zhao take on the top seeded Chien and Cheng in their semi final with the lower seeded Chinese pairing winning all of the previous 3 matches. Wang and Yu take on Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan, with their only matchup being a 21-5, 21-10 win for the Chinese pair in the Japan Open last year.
The mixed doubles has thrown up the most unlikely of semi finals, with just two seeds in the semi finals and an all-Thai semi final. Anugrtiayawan and Voravichitchaikul take on Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the first of the semi finals, with the Group A winners Anugrtiayawan and Voravichitchaikul leading the series 2-0. The other semi final is between Zhang and Zhao of China and Group B winners, Ha and Ko of Korea. The Chinese pair lead the series 1-0 with a win in the Hong Kong Super Series just last month.
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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.