With three rivalries edging ever closer to writing another chapter in their history, the best players in the world are joined by just two outside of the world’s top 10.
Top 2 Edge Closer To Rematch
Lee Chong Wei’s run to the last 4 has been as simple as it could have been, rarely trouble in his opening three matches and only at the semi final stage does he meet his first seeded opponent. Lee Hyun Il’s recent record against the world number 1 has been far from stellar, with his last victory over the Malaysian dating back to the Indonesian Open of 2005. Lin Dan’s run this week has been similar to his Malaysian rival, with Kenichi Tago being his first seeded opponent also at the semi final stage, Tago defeated Chen Long to reach the last 4 but his most recent encounter with the world number 2 was a two game loss in the Super Series in December.
3 From 4 For China
Tai Tzu Ying is the odd one out in the women’s singles, the only non-Chinese player and one of just two still in the event outside the top 10. The world number 16 takes on Li Xuerui, who has propelled herself to the world number 5 ranking and is a serious contender to make the Olympic squad and was impressive in her two game victory over the world number 4 Saina Nehwal. The other semi final sees Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian play for the first time in over a year, with this match also having a massive bearing on who could potentially make the Olympic squad.
Chinese Hopes Of Claiming 5 Titles
The top three seeds in the men’s doubles all safely progressed without the loss of a game in their quarter final matches. Lee and Jung against Boe and Mogensen is the standout semi final tomorrow, with the Danes claiming just a single victory in their previous six encounters. Cai and Fu take on the 8th seeded Japanese pairing of Hashimoto and Hirata with the Chinese top seeds winning all of their three previous encounters.
The Chinese dominance in the women’s game continues into the doubles, with three pairs into the semi finals. Wang and Yu have needed just 89 minutes on court to reach the last 4, where they will take on the world number 29 pairing of Huan and Yang in an all-Chinese affair. The other semi finals sees the 3rd seeded Ha and Kim take on the 2nd seeds of Tian and Zhao of China, with the Chinese pair claiming victory in all three of their previous matches.
British hopes ended today in the mixed doubles, as Adcock and Bankier lost out to the world number 9 pairing of Chan and Goh in three games. The Malaysian’s reward is a semi final against the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir who defeated the other British pairing of Robertson and Wallwork to reach the last 4. The second semi final sees the second seeded Xu and Ma taking on 8th seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, who won their all-Danish quarter final over their higher seeded compatriots Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in two games.
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.