Badminton News (18/11/2013)

On November 17, 2013, in Badminton News, by Andrew Chang

Independent player Mohd Arif captures first career title

The Badminton Association of Malaysia has 4 players in 2 events at the final of Malaysia International Challenge 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak. Chooi Kah Ming and Teo Ee Yi in the men’s doubles and Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho in the women’s doubles event. The only player that saves Malaysia from being embarrassed as a host is non other than independent men’s singles shuttler Arif Latif who is currently ranked 4 in the Malaysia. Arif Latif left Badminton Association a few months back to venture the life of an independent player. He has to overcome many obstacles such as training schedule, sparring partners, proper guidance which the national body has. Arif Latif shows that he’s on a roll beating Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin 21-12, 21-13 in the men’s singles final fairly easy for his first-ever career title. Lets just hope he could sustained and project drive and perseverance for better results in his badminton career.

Indonesia captures 3 of out the 5 events in the Malaysia International Challenge 2013, where as Malaysia and Chinese Taipei captured one each. This is a great sign that Indonesia is rising back to the top after Indonesia living legend took the post as coaching director early this year. Other nations has to be on their toes, especially Malaysia to be a force to be reckoned with once again like dating back 20 to 15 years ago.

Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong holding the runner-up's mock cheque beside champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong after losing the China Open doubles final on Sunday. - AFP

In the China Open, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong hopes of winning their first super series title when to dust.  Hoon and Tan were  getting badminton lessons, 13-21, 12-21  by newly forged pair of South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in just 30 minutes. Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong scored their biggest win in the 1st round over former All England Champions and world number 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.

Where as, in the other events China took three events, the men’s singles by Chen Long, women’s single by Olympic Champion Li Xei Rui and  top seeds XiaoLi Wang and Yang Yi in women’s doubles event.  In the mixed doubles, reigning world champions Lilyana Natsir and Ahmad Tontowi of Indonesia showed that winning the World Championship was no fluke, showing their strong mentally like a champion wining over 4th seed  Joachim Fischer and Christina Pedersson in a hard fought battle 21-10, 5-21, 21-17 .

Badminton News (16/11/2013)

On November 16, 2013, in Badminton News, by Andrew Chang

Former internationals Arif Latif and Former

World Junior Champion Mak Hee Chun shines at  the

Malaysia International Challenge 2013, Kuching

Mohd Arif Abdul Latif in a file photo. The former international is the last man standing in the men's singles event of the Malaysia International Challenge. He faces Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final.

Former internationals Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Mak Hee Chun shone the brightest in the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching on Friday.

World No. 50 Arif, who left the national team last year to venture into the world of professional badminton, defeated Indonesia’s Grinting Anthony

21-8, 21-15 to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.

He will take on Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final. The 24-year-old Arif was the only men’s singles shuttler left to carry

the flag for Malaysia in men’s singles categories as all the other players – Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Choong Yee Han failed to make it through

Reigning Asian junior champion Teck Zhi was sent packing 15-21, 15-21 by Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin in just 30 minutes, while Joo Ven gave a better account of himself before going down fighting to Ashton 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 in an hour and 14 minutes.

Yee Han, who was promoted to the national team in January this year, came very close to being the star of the day but squandered a match point before going down to top seed Derek Wong of Singapore 21-16, 23-25, 11-21.

Former national doubles shuttler Hee Chun, who was dropped from the national team in 2011, rose to the occasion with his scratch partner Lu Ching-yao of Taiwan when they defeated Duang Bao Duc-Nguyen Hoang Nam of Vietnam 21-13, 21-15.

They will take on Indonesians Selvanus Geh-Alfian Eko Prasetya next.

Malaysia is assured one ticket in the finals with fifth seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han taking on qualifiers Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi on Saturday. Kah Ming-Ee Yi pulled off a great show by beating higher ranked Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang 23-21, 21-16 in 30 minutes.

 

 

Wei Feng’s gallant run ends in Shanghai as expected

Chong Wei Feng seen here in action in the second round of the China Open. He produced his best result of the year by reaching the semi-finals but his Chinese opponent Chen Long proved too strong to overcome, losing in straight sets on Saturday.

 

Chong Wei Feng’s gallant run at the China Open came to an end in the semi-finals as world No. 2 Chen Long proved to be one hurdle too many.

Wei Feng, ranked No. 17 in the world had been on fire in Shanghai, defeating top players like Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensom boonsuk and Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro

en route to making the last four.

All England and Denmark Open champion Chen Long however was a different class as Wei Feng went down 18-21, 7-21 in 47 minutes.

The Kedahan did give a fight though, as he briefly led 11-10 in the first game before the Chinese ace stepped up a gear.

That put a dent in Wei Feng’s confidence and he simply ran out of ideas in the second game.

Chen Long will go on to meet either compatriot Wang Zhengming or Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the final.

“I just lost my momentum in the second game,” said Wei Feng.

“I think I got my strategy wrong as well. I should have stuck with a simpler game instead of thinking of how to get points from Chen Long.

“In the second game, I made too many mistakes early on and the gap got too big eventually.”

Chong Wei Feng has not really shown much hope of Malaysia Badminton as he has no significant results.

“He just didn’t have enough in the end,” said Rashid.

“But I am not disappointed. He put up a good fight and overall, his performance has been very satisfying in this tournament.”

Wei Feng will now prepare for the Hong Kong Open which starts on Tuesday – his final tournament before the SEA Games.

Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong stayed on course for their second title together after edging out Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo in the semi-finals.

The Koreans who bagged the Denmark Open title last month, won 19-21, 21-19, 21-11 and will face either Cai Yun-Chai Biao or Malaysia’s second ranked pair – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong for the title.

China however will be assured of the women’s singles title after a resurgent Wang Shixian thrashed Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasetsuk 21-13, 21-5.

She will go on to meet either world No. 1 Li Xuerui or rising star Han Li for the title.

 

 

 

Tine Baun’s stunning career ends on a high, with a three game victory over Ratchanok Inthanon to claim the women’s singles title in her final match. China claimed three titles on finals day, with Indonesia claiming the fifth title on finals day with Ahmad and Natsir.

Chen Long Defeats Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei’s perfect run in 2013 was ended by Chen Long in the men’s singles final, with the 2nd seeded Chinese player claiming his first All England title in two games, winning 21-17, 21-18 for the first of the Chinese titles this week.

Liu and Qiu defeated the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa in the men’s doubles in a one-sided final, with the unseeded Chinese pair winning 21-11, 21-9 for their first All England title. Wang and Yu made it three titles for the Chinese squad as they defeated another Chinese pairing, Cheng and Zhao in cialis professional two games.

Ahmad And Natsir Retain Title

The second seeded Indonesian pairing of Ahmad and Natsir successfully defended their All England title against the Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao. They took the advantage early in the first game with a run of six consecutive points to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 lead which they didn’t give up, winning the first game 21-13. The second game was a closer encounter but the Indonesian pair won the second game 21-17 to retain their mixed doubles title.

Baun Caps Off Career With Victory

Tine Baun claimed Europe’s only title this week with a three game victory over one of the rising stars of the game, Ratchanok Inthanon. The 53-minute match was Baun’s final match of her career and it was the perfect ending to one of Europe’s most successful player, with Baun winning the match 21-14 16-21 21-10.

Finals Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2CA59D61-4728-46BA-A9CD-1FB8AC4FDDB5&d=20130310

Tine Baun’s final tournament ends on finals day after her toughest match of the week ended with a victory over Sung Ji Hyun after a 76 minute marathon in their semi final. The remaining four events all have Chinese interest even with countless seeds crashing out before Sunday.

Chen Long Holds Of Jorgensen

Chen Long like Tine Baun had the toughest test of his title credentials to date with a tough two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen, even though the 2nd seed did drop a game against Boonsak Ponsana. Lee Chong Wei had a first game scare against Saensomboonsuk before securing his place in the final and his 13th meeting gainst Chen Long. The Malaysia has won 7 of their 12 encounters but it was Chen Long that came out on up in their most recent match in late 2012 at the Hong Kong Super Series.

Baun Reaches All England Final For Fourth Time

Both of the finalists defeated higher seeded opponents in the semi finals, with Ratchanok Inthanon defeating Saina Nehwal in two games after her victory over Juliane Schenk in the last 8. Tine Baun defeated Sung Ji Hyun in her semi final to set up a 5th meeting between the two, with the 18-year old from Thailand winning the last two meetings at the viagra for sale without a prescription latter half of 2012

Chinese Contingent In Doubles

China are guaranteed at least one title this week, with Wang and Yu taking on Cheng and Zhao in the women’s doubles final after the unseeded pair defeated the 5th seeded Ma and Tang on route to a meeting with the world number 1 pairing. The two pairings have met five times, but the last time was in 2010 before Zhao Yunlei teamed up with Tian Qing.

Liu and Qiu defeated their second seeded pair of the week, beating Ahsan and Setiawan in three games to set up a meeting with a third seeded pair in the final. Endo and Hayakawa defeated Jongjit and Puangpuapech to reach the final against the unseeded Chinese pair. The two pairs have played each other twice, with their most recent meeting in India going the way of the Japanese pair in three games.

The Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao take on the reigning All England Champions in the mixed doubles final with both pairs coming through their semi final against Indonesian opponents to set up a seventh metting with the Indonesian pair. The Indonesian pair won their previous meeting in the Denmark Super Series Premier in two games but the Chinese pair have won four of their last six meetings.

Semi Final Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2CA59D61-4728-46BA-A9CD-1FB8AC4FDDB5&d=20130309

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:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2CA59D61-4728-46BA-A9CD-1FB8AC4FDDB5&d=20130308

It was a second day of big name casualties in Birmingham, with Denmark’s Boe and Mogensen being the biggest scalp of the day. Liu and Qiu claimed one of just eight Chinese victories in their win over the Danes as they stranglehold on world badminton is as loose as ever in recent memory.

Lee Chong Wei Into Last 8

Lee Chong Wei’s spectacular 2013 continued with a two-game victory over Wang Zhengming, his 11th win of the year without a loss to date. Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen will be the Malaysian’s opponent in the last 8, with the previous seven encounters going to the world number 1, all in two games. Jan O Jorgensen is Europe’s last hope of any success in the competition and benefitted from Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retirement in their match to set up a quarter final against Chen Jin of China, who defeated another Chinese player, Chen Yuekun on route to the last 8.

Chen Long takes on India’s Kashyap Parupalli in the quarter final after he defeated Kenichi Tago in his second round clash whilst Chen Long beat Japan’s Takuma Ueda to book his place in the last 8.

Baun Reaches Last 8

Li Han provided an ample test for Tine Baun in their second round clash, but the 25-year old Chinese player was no match for Tine Baun, in her final All England Championships. Her half of the draw has opened up with the Chinese seeds already out, with Wang Yihan’s conquerer waiting in the quarter final stage. Sung Ji Hyun is the only other remaining seed in the top half, with the 5th seed taking on Eriko Hirose of Japan in the second of the quarter finals.

A lawyer in virginia winning viagra lawsuits full compliment of seeds in the bottom half means two excellent encounters, with Wang Shixian taking on Saina Nehwal and Racthanok Intanon taking on Juliane Schenk for two places in the semi finals. Nehwal has beaten Wang Shixian in their previous three encounters whilst it will be the 7th meeting between Schenk and Intanon, with their most famous encounter coming at the 2012 Olympics that the Thai player won in two games.

Seeds Topple In Doubles

Just three seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with Endo and Hayakawa being the highest seeds left. The 4th seeded Japanese pair take on the 6th seeded Kim and Kim to ensure another seed falls before the last 4. Ahsan and Setiawan are the sole seeds left in the top half of the draw and take on Hoon and Tan of Malaysia for a place in the last 4.

Even the women’s doubles has had it’s share of seeds crash out, the 4th seeded Eom and Jang being the latest pair to crash out at the hands of Hoo and Woon of Malaysia. Wang and Yu take on Jung and Kim in the featured match of the four quarter finals and have played once since their Olympic farce, with the Chinese pair winning in two games.

Chan and Goh’s were the biggest casualty of the mixed doubles draw today, losing to Indonesia’s Kurniawan and Irawati who are rewarded with a quarter final match against the current Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao of China. Xu and Ma also reached the last 8, with an all-Chinese semi final looming should they defeat Rijal and Susanto as well as Zhang and Zhao winning their quarter final clash.

Day 2 Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2CA59D61-4728-46BA-A9CD-1FB8AC4FDDB5&d=20130307

The first full day of play begun in Birmingham with the organisers hoping not to repeat the farcical start to the 2012 tournament. Play begun at 9am on Wednesday and mercifully ended on Wednesday, albeit well after 11pm but the first day of this years edition of the All England will be remembered for the amount of seeds crashing out on the opening day of play.

Seeds Tested in Men’s Singles

Kenichi Tago was the sole seed that progressed into the second round without the loss of a game, defeating Viktor Axelsen in his opening round match. Hu Yun and Du Pengyu were the big name casualties of the first round, with Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Chen Jin and Tien Minh Nguyen all needing three games to progress to the last 16.

Lee Chong Wei takes on Wang Zhengming in the pick of the second round matches, with Chen Long also likely to be tested against Takuma Ueda of Japan. Jan O Jorgensen flys the flag for Europe and takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in a miserable day for European badminton, with just six wins coming in 29 matches over the course of the opening days play.

Chinese Misery In Women’s Singles

There is usually five to seven Chinese players left in the draw at the last 16 stage, but this week just three remain. Li Han takes on Tine Baun whilst the other two Chinese players, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao play against one another in the second round. The major shocks in the competition come at the expense of China with Olympic champion Li Xuerui losing in two games to Bae Yeon Ju whilst the third seeded Wang Yihan lost to Indonesia’s Lindaweri Fanetri, also in two games.

Both Saina Nehwal and Wang Shixian needed three games to ensure their passage into the second round but there was no such trouble for the European seeds. Juliane Schenk set up a tough second round match against P.V. Sindhu and Tine Baun’s future in the All England and her career will be tested to the full by Li Han of China.

Lee/Ko Crash Out

A pre-match withdrawal from Cai and Cialis Fu weakened the event but the shock loss of Lee and Ko to Germany’s Kindervater and Schoettler was perhaps the biggest positive from a European standpoint on the day. The loss of Cai and Fu as well as Lee and Ko has made the top half of the men’s doubles draw all the easier for the top seeded Boe and Mogensen, who take on China’s Liu and Qiu in tomorrow’s second round.

Moren and Szkudlarczyk provided their own shock in the bottom half, with a three game victory over the 5th seeded Hong and Shen to ensure there would not be a full compliment of seeds in the bottom half of the draw. Koo and Tan defeated Ellis and Adcock to end English hopes in the competition, with Robert Blair partnering Tan Bin Shen who take on the 4th seeded Endo and Hayakawa in the second round.

Asian Dominance In Women’s Doubles

The second seeded Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl crashed out to Bao and Tian in the opening round, ending any hope of a European threat in the women’s doubles. Wang and Yu progressed safely into the second round, joined there by Ma and Tang as well as Cheng and Zhao. Zhao and Tian were previously partners but will play against one another for the first time in their new partnerships in the second round tomorrow.

The sixteen remaining pairs all hail from Asia, with all four European pairs crashing out in the first round. Jenny Wallwork’s retirement in the days leading up to the All England surprised many and asks the question about how far her and partner Alex Langley would have gone in the event this year.

Danish Disaster In Mixed Doubles

Christinna Pedersen’s opening day ended in disaster as her and partner Joachim Fischer Neilsen were the only seeds not the progress into the last 16, beaten by the Indonesian pair of Kido and Bernadeth. Xu and Ma defeated Adcock and White to set-up an all-Chinese second round match against Qiu and Bao. Zhang and Zhao made light work of another Danish pair, Pieler Kolding and Rytter Juhl to reach the last 16.

Day 1 Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2CA59D61-4728-46BA-A9CD-1FB8AC4FDDB5&d=20130306

There was disappointment and euphoria in equal measure for the assembled crowd in Kuala Lumpur on finals day as they claimed just one of the two titles possible for Malaysia, but the title they did win was Lee Chong Wei’s sensational victory over Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

The day begun with victory for Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, who defeated the surprise finalist Yao Xue in two games in a match that should see the Chinese Taipei player jump back into the top 10 in the world rankings. The top two seeds met in the mixed doubles final as Malaysia looked for it’s first title of the day, but that wasn’t to be the case as Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen claimed their first and Europe’s first title of 2013 with a two game victory over Goh and Lim, winning 21-13, 21-18.

Bao and viagra equivalent Tian ensured at least one Chinese title in the women’s doubles, with victory over the 2nd seeded Matsutomo and Takahashi in two games that will see their world ranking skyrocket from it’s current rank of 141. Lee and Ko were defeated in the men’s doubles final by the new Indonesian pairing of Ahsan and Setiawan in the shortest match of the day with the Indonesian’s looking for their own rise up the rankings similar to the pairing they beat in todays final.

It took 32 minutes for Lee Chong Wei to claim the title, but it was a score that proved his dominance over the week as he defeated Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-7, 21-8 in the most one-sided of the finals today. It was Malaysia’s only title on the day, but Lee Chong Wei continues his unbeaten run in 2013.

Finals Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=B54ED855-3BE8-4CF0-AA49-FA51CFD051F5&d=20130120

Maybank Malaysia Open 2013 Semi Final Review

On January 19, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

Lee Chong Wei secured his place in his second Super Series final in 2013 as the Kuala Lumpur crowd will hope for two titles on finals day.

Lee Chong Wei booked his place in the final with a three game victory over Jan O Jorgensen claimed his 8th win of 2013 without a loss to date. Sony Dwi Kuncoro will take on the top seeded Malaysia after the longest match of the day resulted in the Indonesian taking the deciding game 23-21 to reach tomorrow’s final. Tomorrow’s final will be their 13th meeting, with Lee Chong Wei winning 7 of the last 12 including their last meeting which was also in Malaysia in the GP Gold last year.

Two surprise results in the women’s singles have resulted in the most unlikely of finals tomorrow as Tai Tzu Ying takes on Yao Xue. The 6th seeded Tai defeated Saina Nehwal in two games and Yao Xue defeated Bae Yeon Ju of Korea in a similar scoreline to set up the first meeting between the two, with Yao Xue liking to break into the top 100 in the world rankings regardless of the result tomorrow.

Lee and Ko continue their unbeaten 2013 on route to their second successive Super Series final, where vigrx plus relults they will take on the Indonesian pairing of Ahsan and Setiawan. The 6th seeded Korean’s defeated Goh and Lim in two games in the only defeat for Malaysia on the day whilst the unseeded Indonesians ended the run of Chai and Liu of China in two games also. It is their first meeting between the two pairs that only started competing regularly together in late 2012.

Bao and Tian is China’s sole finalist in all three doubles events and take on the second seeded Matustomo and Takahashi in tomorrow’s women’s doubles final. It will be their first meeting as the Chinese pair has only been together since last week at the Korea Open.

The mixed doubles final will see the top two seeds play each other, the only event of the week that will see the number 1 and 2 seeds meet. There is European interest with Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen who take on the Malaysian top seeds of Goh and Lim. Both pairs have been inside the top 10 for most of the last 12 months but this will only be their second meeting, with their first being at the Super Series Finals last month that resulted in a one-sided victory for the Danes.

Semi Final Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=B54ED855-3BE8-4CF0-AA49-FA51CFD051F5

Maybank Malaysia Open 2013 Quarter Final Review

On January 18, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

Lee Chong Wei returned to action after a one day hiatus and spent just 25 minutes securing his place in the last 4 with a resounding 21-12, 21-9 victory over Hu Yun. With three Malaysian players left in the events and two being top seeded, Malaysian success in multiple events is a real possibility.

Lee Chong Wei’s opponent in the semi final will be Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen who ended hopes of an all-Malaysian semi final with his three game victory over Daren Liew. The second semi final sees Kenichi Tago facing Sony Dwi Kuncoro after the Indonesian defeating Tago’s countryman, Sho Sasaki. It will be their 4th meeting, with Kuncoro winning all of the previous three encounters, but their last meeting was almost 4 years ago.

The women’s singles has been a compilation of unlikely storylines. Only Saina Nehwal can be expected to be at this stage but was taken to a third game by Nozomi Okuhara before her retirement trailing 2-0 in the deciding game. Nehwal’s opponent in the semi final is Tai Tzu Ying, who registered her first victory over Tine Baun to reach the last 4. Bae Yeon Ju has defeated two seeds on her route to the last 4, beating Minatsu Mitani in her quarter final match to set up a semi final against Yao Xue of China. The world number 151 was a qualifier this week and there is 136 places in the world rankings between her and Bae in what will be their first meeting.

Lee and Ko continue their impressive run in 2013 viagra pharmacy with a two game victory over Hashimoto and Hirata and set up a semi final against Goh and Lim of Malaysia, who ended the run of the Korean qualifiers Lee and Kang. Ivanov and Sozonov crashed out at the hands of the Chinese pair of Chai and Liu in a tight third game that allowed the unseeded pair to progress to take on another unseeded pair in Ahsan and Setiawan. The Indonesian’s defeated the second seeded Endo and Hayakawa in two games to ensure at least one unseeded pair in Sunday’s final.

Bao and Tian defeated the top seeded pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in two convincing games to book their place in the last 4. Two seeded pairs will meet in the bottom half of the draw, with Sari and Yao of Singapore taking on Matsutomo and Takahashi in their first ever meeting in the semi finals tomorrow.

A potential all-European final could be on the cards, but the top seeded Goh and Lim will have their own ambitions of reaching Sunday’s final. The Malaysian’s takes on the European champions, Mateusiak and Zieba in their third meeting with the momentum definitely with Goh and Lim who won their previous two meetings. Indonesian qualifiers Jordan and Marissa take on the second seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen, who won the all-Danish quarter final against Kristiansen and Houmann in two games. The gap in the world rankings is a remarkable 320 places but the Indonesian pair have defeated two seeds already just to reach the last 4.

Quarter Final Results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=B54ED855-3BE8-4CF0-AA49-FA51CFD051F5&d=20130118

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