It was a day that seen the top seeds progress without much resistance, apart from the shock exit of Olympic champion Li Xuerui.
Sindhu Shocks Li Xuerui
There will be at least one finalist from the home nation in the men’s singles, with Chen Long and Du Pengyu securing their place in the last 4 against one another. Ajay Jayaram and Hu Yun meet each other in the second semi final and their first meeting in over 3 years.
An all-Chinese is still possible in the women’s singles also, but it is not the expected pair that might meet in Sunday’s final. P.V. Sindhu stunned the 2nd seed and Olympic champion Li Xuerui in three games to book her place in the last 4 against another Chinese player – the 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao. Top seeded Wang Yihan takes on Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the second semi final, with their only meeting to date resulting in a two game victory for the world number 1.
Chinese Pairs Loom Large In Doubles
There is a massive Chinese presence in the semi final stages of all three doubles events, with a guaranteed finalist in the men’s doubles as Hong and Shen, seeded 2nd take on the unseeded pair of Chai and Zhang for a spray hgh place in Sunday’s final. Endo and Hayakawa take on the Thai pairing of Jongjit and Issara in the second semi final for the second time, with the Japanese pairing winning their previous encounter.
Only three matches were needed to reach the semi final stages of the women’s doubles, with top seeded Bao and Zhong needing three games to progress into a semi final match against Goh and Lim of Malaysia. The second semi final sees the 3rd seeded Naito and Matsuo of Japan take on the 5th seeded Cheng and Luo of China, who received a walkover in their quarter final match to reach this stage without playing a match this week.
The top 3 seeds in the mixed doubles have all successfully reached the semi final stage, with the top seeded Ma and Xu taking on Chan and Goh of Malaysia for the third time – with their most recent match at the Olympics being a one-sided win for the Chinese pairing. The second semi final sees Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam taking on the unseeded pair of Qiu and Tang of China, ranked 164th in the world. It will be their first meeting as the Chinese pairing is a relatively new one, with this event being their 3rd event together.