A trio of withdrawals on the second day meant that some groups had just shrunk to just three, helping some qualify for the knockout stages whilst hindering others with only the top 2 progressing.
Group A in the Mens Singles has been settled with a round of games still to be played, with Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade both winning in two games to set up a match on Friday to determine final group placings. Group B seen the withdrawal of Taufik Hidayat in his match with Chen Long with the Chinese player up in the second game as well as winning the opening game. Boonsak Ponsana’s win over Du Pengyu confirms his place in the last 4, with the top two also playing to determine the group winner.
The women’s singles is a similar story to the men’s singles, Wang Shixian has cruised into the last 4 with her opening two victories in her group with the loss of just 39 points, she is joined in the last 4 by Bae Youn Joo of Korea who defeated Yao Jie in two games to also progress to the semi finals. Group B still has a lot of life still in it, with Tine Baun winning her second match in the group whilst Yip Pui Yin lost out to the group winner Wang Yihan. Tine Baun has to defeat Wang Yihan to have any chance of qualifying for the last 4 whilst Yip Pui Yin needs only to beat Petya Nedelcheva to progress.
Cai and Fu top Group A in the men’s doubles after defeating top seeded Ko and Yoo in their second group and the Korean’s must bounce back tomorrow in a winner take all match against Chai and Zhang to determine who takes the second spot in Group A. Group B seen the withdrawal of Kido and Setiawan early in the first game of their match against Lee and Jung, meaning that the top two seeds from the group have safely progressed into the last 4. Boe and Mogensen take on Lee and Jung tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.
It has been a disappointing week for Petya Nedelcheva as her and partner Anastacia Russkikh are out of the women’s doubles as they bring up the rear in Group A with a second loss today. Cheng and Chien are safely into the last 4 as group winners whilst Maeda and Suetsuna take on Polii and Jauhari in a winner take all match for second place in the group. Wang and Yu have topped Group B and will be joined in the last 4 by Cheng and Zhao should they defeat Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn in their final match in the group, otherwise Fujii and Kakiiwa can take second place with a win over Wang and Yu.
The mixed doubles lost it’s top seeds, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl before the start of play. Zhang and Zhao have to wait on the result of the only match tomorrow between Robertson and Wallwork against Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawan of Thailand. A win for the Thai pair ensures their place in the last 4 however if the English pair Robertson and Wallwork win it will go to the head-to-head matches between the pairs. Group B is a similar situation, with Ko and Ha needing to beat the group winners Marissa and Gunawan to progress, whilst Mateusiak and Zieba can still progress with a win over Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam and a Ko and Ha loss, providing they are ahead in the head-to-head standing after all the matches. A win for the Thai pair almost guarantees their place in the last 4.
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.