Quarterfinal day was a mini-revival for the Chinese team, but even then their involvement in the women’s singles ended with Wang Shixian crashed out at the hands of Saina Nehwal. Denmark has interest in both the men’s and women’s singles and will be Europe’s sole two players playing this weekend.
Lee Chong Wei Takes On Saensomboonsuk
A relative unknown at the highest level, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk’s sensational week has him into the semi final stage where he takes on Lee Chong Wei. The world number 37 had to go through the qualifying stage before embarking on a remarkable run that almost ended at the first round, saving three match points against Hu Yun. Victories over Sho Sasaki and Tommy Sugiarto in two games has seen him reach the semi finals and a seventh meeting against the world number 1, who has won their previous 6 matches.
Chen Long takes on Jan O Jorgensen with the Dane’s decision to not take part in the European Team championships last month has paid off with his stunning form this week, punctuated in the quarter final with a 21-7, 21-14 victory over Chen Jin. Chen Long has been equally as impressive, defeating Kashyap Parupalli in his quarter final to set up their first meeting in over two years against Jorgensen.
Baun Two Steps From The Title
A convincing victory over Lindaweni has Tine Baun into the last 4 but faces a tough challenge against Sung Ji Hyun but the Dane’s record against the 5th seed is in Baun’s favour. Five straight victories over the Korean will make Baun the favourite in the semi final. The other semi final sees Saina Nehwal takes on Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who defeated Juliane Schenk in the quarter final and defeated Nehwal in their last meeting in late 2012. The women’s singles is the only event at this stage with four seeds remaining in the draw and will likely be the HGH hardest of the events to predict.
Chinese Interest In All Three Doubles Events
Liu and Qiu flag the flag for China in a men’s doubles event that has seen the seeds tumble day after day. The unseeded Chinese pair take on the 8th seeded Ahsan and Setiawan, a new Indonesian partnership but a dangerous duo that defeated Chai and Zhang in their opening round match. Endo and Hayakawa take on the unseeded Thai pairing of Jongjit and Puangpuapech, who are playing their first tournament together as a partnership and defeated Koo and Tan on route to the semi finals.
Wang and Yu are the undoubted favourites in the women’s doubles and take on Japan’s Maeda and Suetsuna in their semi final, with the Chinese pairing winning all four of their previous encounters. Ma and Tang are the second Chinese pair left in the draw and take on the third Chinese pair in the last 4, Cheng and Zhao. The two pairs met in last week’s German Open with Ma and Tang winning in two games.
Xu and Ma were the latest top seed to crash out this week, losing to Rijal and Susanto in three games and their next match is just as difficult if not harder against the current Olympic champions. Zhang and Zhao have won all 6 of their previous matches, with the Indonesian pair failing to win a single game in any of the matches. Two more Indonesian pairs face over in the second semi final, with Kido and Zebediah taking on Ahmad and Natsir – the 2012 winners. It will be their fourth meeting and like the first semi final, Ahmad and Natsir have won all three matches, but Kido and Zebadiah have claimed a game in their first meeting against the 2nd seeds but that was almost 9 months ago and the previous two matches have been a much more one-sided affair.
Quarter Final Results: