Lee Chong Wei had a day off today as Boonsak Ponsana withdrew ahead of his match with the top seed and defending champion. There were two other big name withdrawals today, with Taufik Hidayat and the top seeded pair in the men’s doubles Koo and Tan pulled out ahead of their respective matches.
It is a rare cosmopolitan bunch in the last 8 of a men’s singles, with Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and Denmark all having at least one interest in the event at this stage. Hong Kong’s Hu Yun takes on the world number one in the first quarter final with a potential all-Malaysian semi final waiting if Daren Liew can defeat the 6th seeded Jan O Jorgensen in the second of the quarter finals. The bottom half is headlined by Kenichi Tago, who takes on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who defeated the Japanese player at the Super Series Finals last month. Sho Sasaki takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the last of the semi finals, with the Indonesian breaking into the top 5 in the world rankings and could go even higher with a good run in Malaysia.
Saina Newhal had little trouble in reaching the last eight to set up a quarter final against Nozomi Okuhara, with the Indian edging ever closer to the world number 1 in the women’s singles. Tine Baun is also through to the last 8 after defeating China’s Yu Sun and set up a quarter final against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. There is an all-Chinese quarter final but not from the usual players, with Xuan Deng taking on Yao Xue with both players ranked outside the top 100. Bae Yeon Ju won the all-Korean clash against Sung Ji Hyun to end the 4th seeds unbeaten start to 2013 and takes on Minatsu Mitani, who broke into the world’s top 10 in the latest world rankings.
Koo and Tan’s withdrawal in the men’s doubles has opened the door for Lee and Ko to potential make it two titles from two in 2013. The Korean pair takes on Hashimoto and Hirata, who they overtook in the world rankings this week and the winner will be the last seed left in the top half of the draw. Ivanov and Sozonov are the sole European pair left in the draw and they take on Chai and Liu who won the all-Chinese match against Qiu and Zhang to reach the last 8.
Ma and Tang were the biggest casualties in the women’s doubles, defeated by Gadre and Ponnappa in the second round. There were no such problems for the top seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl and 5th seeded Bao and Tian who meet in the quarterfinal. Four Asian pairings make up the bottom half of the draw, with 2nd seeded Matsutomo and Takahashi taking on the unseeded Ko and Yoo of Korea whilst the second Japanese pair of Kakiiwa and Fujii take on Sari and Yao.
Top seeded Chan and Goh set up an all-Malaysia quarter final against Tan and Lai after both pairs defeated European opposition to reach the last 8. European champions Mateusiak and Zieba take on Chrisnanta and Neo of Sinagpore in the second quarter final in the top half of the draw. An all-Danish quarter final between Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen who take on Kristiansen and Houmann in their first meeting competitively. Zhang and Tang are the sole Chinese pair left in the draw and take on Indonesia’s Jordan and Marissa, who defeated another Indonesian pair, the 3rd seed Rijal and Susanto.
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