The build up event to the All England Championships next week attracted several of the top 10 players in the world from all events, but some of those players looking to play their way into form failed at the first hurdle today.

A Near Perfect Showing

13 of the last 16 players in the men’s singles are the seeds from the start of the week, with Christian Lind Thomsen, Yong Zhao Ashton Chen and Ville Lang making up the remainder of the draw. Lind Thomsen was responsible for the loss of Wang Zhengming in the opening round whilst Ville Lang defeated the 12th seeded Boonsak Ponsana to reach the third round tomorrow.

Lin Dan and Chen Jin are the favourites this week, hoping to boost their ranking points in the last few months of Olympic qualifying. Both have reached the last 16 without the loss of a game, with the top seeded Lin Dan taking on Pablo Abian of Spain in the third round whilst Chen Jin takes on Wong Wing Ki in his third round match.

Marin Topples Cheng

One of the big surprises in the opening round of the women’s singles was the defeat of Cheng Shao Chieh to Carolina Marin of Spain. The 4th seed and world silver medalist crashed out in a two game loss that never looked in danger of anything but beating a victory for the Spanish teenager. There were no such shocks regarding the top two seeds, with Wang Xin and Li Xuerui coming through their opening round matches without the loss of a game.

Local hopes will be on the shoulders of Juliane Schenk, as the 3rd seed started her campaign in impressive fashion over Anastacia Prokopenko to set up her second round clash with Eriko Hirose of Japan as two of the top 20 players in the world face other tomorrow.

Korean Shock In Doubles

Lee and Jung started their week off with a straightforward victory to set up a second round clash with the German pairing of Fuchs and Roth, with the possibility of an all-Korean final looming large. Ko and Yoo are seeded 2nd this week and defeated Koch and Zauner in impressive fashion to set up their second round clash with Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei.

There will be no such luck in the women’s doubles, with top seeded Ha and Kim crashing out to Sari and Yao of Singapore in the opening round, opening the door for an all-Japanese final. The highest three seeds left in the draw are all Japanese but the 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa have a tough task tomorrow against the Chinese pairing of Ma and Zhong.

7 of the 8 seeds are left in the mixed doubles draw, with the 5th seeded Chan and Goh losing out to Rijal and Susanto in the opening round. Chen and Cheng are the top seeds this week and started off with a three game victory over their Malaysian opponents. There was a real scare for the 3rd seeded Lee and Ha who fought back after losing the opening game 21-7 to ensure their place in the last 16. Fuchs and Michels ensure a German involvement tomorrow, with the 8th seeded pairing defeating the Chinese qualifiers Qiu and Tang.

Wednesday’s Results

Many expected Cheng Shao Chieh to continue her excellent recent run of form into her home event, but fellow Chinese Taipei player Pai Hsiao Ma had other ideas and stunned the top seed in the second round today.

The form player in the men’s singles is the top seed Tien Minh Nguyen, winner in Vietnam and into the last 8 this week. He was pushed to three games by Hsueh Hsuan Yi who was in inspired form playing in front of a home crowd. His opponent in the last 8 is Shon Wan Ho, the 9th sedeed Korean beat the 5th seeded Simon Santoso by the tightest of margins, taking the deciding game 25-23. Only Tommy Sugiarto remains from the seeded players in the bottom half of the draw but one the best matches of the quarter final stage will be between Muhammed Hafiz Hashim and Sony Dwi Kuncoro, with both players defeating their seeded opponents in three games to reach the last 8.

Six of the eight seeds in the women’s draw remain at the quarter final stage, with the top seeded Cheng Shao Chieh being the biggest casualty of the week so far. Gu Juan of Singpoare is the other seed to fall so far this week, losing out to Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong. Yip Pui Yin expected a quarter final match against Cheng, but instead will face another Chinese Taipei player in Pai Hsiao Ma, with the world number 51 stunning the world championship finalist in two games.

Korea dominates the men’s doubles field, with 4 of the remaining 8 pairs remaining. The top two seeds Lee and Jung as well as Ko and Yoo have progressed without the loss of a game. Ko and Yoo, seeded 2 take on the 5th seeded Fang and Lee who are the last chance of local success in the event whilst top seeded Lee and Jung take on another Korean pair in Cho and Kwon, seeded 6th this week and lost their only previous match against the top seeds in this event last year.

Only the 4th seeded pair of Vislova and Sorokina have failed to reach the last 8 from the seeded entries in the women’s doubles, losing out to Eom and Jang of Korea in the opening round. There has been little trouble for Cheng and Chien in the event with a simple progression into the last 8 stage. Cheng’s form in the mixed doubles has been very different, after the 2nd seeded pair of Chen and Cheng crashed out to Ko and Eom in their opening round match. They have not been the only seeds to crash out early, with the 5th seeded Blair and White as well as the 8th seeded Widianto and Marissa also losing out in the early rounds. Lee and Ha defeated the Indonesian 8th seeds and another unseeded Korean pair of Shin and Kim defeated the 5th seeded British pair to ensure a big Korean interest going into the latter stages this week.

Thursday’s Results

World Title Number 4 For Lin Dan

China claimed their second straight clean sweep of the gold medals but that has not been the only story of this year’s world championships with several players and partnership stealing the headlines throughout the week.

If the match between Cai/Fu and Lee/Jung in the 2009 world championships final was the greatest match of that event, the 2011 final between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan has to be considered the greatest match in recent memory in the men’s singles. The 81-minute match had everything you’d want from a final and the drama of the last few points only confirmed the greatness of the match. Lee Chong Wei had two chances to be world champion, only for Lin Dan to save those match points and take the title 23-21.

The main disappointment of the week was Taufik Hidayat’s early exit to Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore in two games, asking the question if the Indonesian will continue playing until the 2012 Olympics. For Peter Gade, his last chance of a world championship ended at the semi final stage to Lin Dan but was just six points away from the final, leading 15-14 in the third game before the 2nd seeded Lin Dan scored seven unanswered points.

Wang Yihan claimed the women’s title in one-sided final over Cheng Shao Chieh of Chinese Taipei to claim her first world title ahead of three other high seeded Chinese players. The 2nd seeded Chinese player dropped just a single set on route to the final in her 2nd round match against Inthanon Ratchnok whilst her opponent reached the final with the loss of a game including victories over Wang Shixian and Juliane Schenk.

It was yet further disappoint for Wang Shixian, whose recent run of form since winning the All England in March has been poor. Two defeats to Cheng Shao Chieh, one defeat to Tine Baun and a surprise defeat to Lu Lan in the Asian Games was far from the best preparation for this week. Wang Yihan however, came in with the best preparation with a victory in the Indonesian Premier event and with her victory this week will put behind her the poor 2010 season.

Cai and Fu claimed their 4th world title after a shaky start in the opening two rounds before hitting their best form and defeating the top two Korean pairs in the semi final and final to win their 3rd straight world title. Ko and Yoo played exceptional all week but the Chinese pair were too strong in the final and questions will now be asked over the future of the partnerships in this discipline, with Ko and Lee teaming up in the events leading up to the world championships.

Boe and Mogensen’s defeat in the quarter final compounds their recent run of poor form, since failing to win a single match in the Sudirman Cup the pairing has almost been in free fall, but there were signs ever before that in their shock defeat to Bosch and Ridder in the Swiss Open. The new pairing of Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen had a better run this week and could be a changing of the guard in Danish badminton.

Wang and Yu played against one another in the final of this event last year, but since teaming up have been almost unstoppable. Losing just one match since combining as a partnership and were the runaway favourites for the women’s doubles title and failed to disappoint. Their 22-20, 21-11 victory over Tian and Zhao, the only pairing to ever beat them was a warning to the rest of the women’s doubles field that they are the undoubted best partnership in the world, by a long way.

Both partnerships were rarely troubled on route to the final, with both failing to drop a game in reaching the final. The Japanese pairings of Maeda and Suetsuna as well as Fujii and Kakiiwa weren’t in the same league as the two Chinese pairs and that clearly showed in their quarter and semi final matches. The best two partnerships in the world met in the final and that seems to be the way it will be for the near future.

Zhang and Zhao might have claimed the gold in the mixed doubles, but the heroics of Adcock and Bankier will be the story of the championships. The Chinese pair were the undoubted favourites coming into this week, with victory in the Asian Games and the most recent Premier event in Indonesia. Their opponents in the final defeated four seeds just to reach the final and with every victory their confidence grew, as did the emotional and physical fatigue. Zhang and Zhao needed just 7 games to reach the final whilst Adcock and Bankier needed 11 and almost a hour more on court.

For Imogen Bankier, this is not new territory as one of her previous partnerships with Robert Blair propelled them into the top 20 of the world ranking but this partnership is clearly the future of British badminton with Robertson and Wallwork’s shock defeat in their opening match this week. Tian and Jiaming as well as Ahmad and Natsir will wonder how they were defeated by the British pair in such a convincing manner, with the Olympics being held in the same arena in just a years time with Adcock and Bankier looking to go one better than in 2011.

Finals Day Results

Lee Chong Wei Looks Confident For Title

The fairytale at the start of the week was Kevin Cordon’s unlikely run to last 8 but even his heroics haven’t matched the performances of Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier this week as they are one match away from being world champions.

Lee Chong Wei defeated the current world champion in convincing style in the morning session to book his place in the final by the score of 21-13, 21-9. His opponent in the final will be the 2nd seeded Lin Dan who had to come through Peter Gade in three games, after the Dane took the opening game but Lin Dan responded in the second and reeled off seven straight points at 14-15 down in the third game to book his place against Lee Chong Wei. Their 24th meeting will be for a world title, with the pair splitting their last 4 matches but the Malaysian won their last encounter in the All England Championships in March.

Wang Yihan won the all-Chinese semi final against Wang Xin to take a 5-0 lead in their head to head matches. The 2nd seed will take on the 7th seeded Cheng Shao Chieh, who defeated Juliane Schenk in convincing fashion to continue her excellent run after defeating the top seeded Wang Shixian in the quarter final stage. Wang Yihan holds a 3-0 record against her Chinese Taipei opponent, with their most recent matchup in the Asian Games being won by Wang Yihan in two games.

The Korean pair of Ko and Yoo reached the men’s doubles final with a two game victory over Ahsan and Septano, the 7th seeded pair from Indonesia. Their opponents in tomorrow’s final will be the top seeded Cai and Fu who are looking for their 3rd straight world title after defeating the 3rd seeded pair of Lee and Jung in two games and taking the advantage in their head to head to 8-7 to the Chinese pair. Cai and Fu will go in as undoubted favourites with a 4-0 advantage in their head to head.

The women’s doubles final is an All-Chinese affair, with the top seeded Wang and Yu defeating the 3rd seeded Maeda and Suetsuna in two games to book their place in the final against the 5th seeded Tian and Zhao, who defeated the unseeded Indian pair of Gutta and Ponnappa. Wang and Yu have won every single match they have played in 2011 except one, against the pairing of Tian and Zhao in Malaysia early in the year but since then Wang and Yu have defeated their opponents in the final twice.

The mixed doubles final sees the top seeded Zhao and Zhang take on the story of the championships in the pairing of Adcock and Bankier, who defeated their 4th seeded pair this week to be their place in tomorrow’s final. Adcock and Bankier’s stunning victory over the second seeded Ahmad and Natsir booked their place in the final whilst the Chinese pair had to play just one game against the 6th seeded Xu and Ma before an ankle injury to Ma Jin cut the match short. The Chinese pair have won both their previous matches but one of their victories was a retirement and the other meeting was in 2010 that the Chinese pair won 24-22 in the deciding game.

Semi-Finals Results

Adcock and Bankier Continue to Surprise

Several nations saw their chances of a medal in London disappear today, but for some unlikely partnerships their dreams continue into the semi final stage. The first top seed also fell today in the women’s singles but the other four top seeds are guaranteed a medal at this years world championships.

Lee Chong Wei ended the run of the Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon in ruthless fashion to set up a semi final against the current world champion Chen Jin, who defeated Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to reach the last 4. The other semi final is a potential classic as Lin Dan avenged his defeat to Sho Sasaki in two games whilst Peter Gade took 82 minutes to defeat the 7th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen to reach the last 4, but the Dane looked clearly exhausted at several points throughout the match, and has spent almost 3 hours on court in the previous two days to reach the semi final.

Wang Shixian crashed out of the world championships in tame fashion to the 7th seeded Cheng Shao Chieh of Chinese Taipei to devoid the top half of the draw of any Chinese involvement. Tine Baun also crashed out to the on-form Juliane Schenk in very poor fashion, losing to the 9th seeded Schenk 21-9, 21-11 in just 30 minutes. The other semi final is an all-Chinese clash with Wang Xin taking on Wang Yihan, with the higher seed Wang Yihan winning their previous 4 encounters. Wang Xin’s victory came against the 6th seeded Saina Nehwal whilst Wang Yihan ended France’s involvement this year with her two game win over Pi Hongyan.

The anticipated semi final clash between Cai and Fu against Lee and Jung will take place tomorrow, with both pairs coming through their matches in two games to set up their 15th meeting for a place in the world championship final. The other semi final also has Korean interest with the 5th seeded Ko and Yoo defeating the Commonwealth champions Koo and Tan in two games in the opening match on the TV court this morning. Their opponents are the 7th seeded Ahsan and Septano who defeated the Danish 2nd seeds of Boe and Mogensen in three games, taking the deciding game 24-22 to progress.

Wang and Yu are safely into the semi final stage with another two game victory over Naito and Matsuo and will take on another Japanese pairing in the semi finals in the shape of Maeda and Suetsuna who defeated Indonesia’s Jauhari and Polii in two games to reach the last 4. The other semi final sees the 5th seeded Tian and Zhao taking on the unseeded pair of Gutta and Ponnappa, with the Indian’s defeating the 12th seeded Marissa and Melati of Indonesia in three games to guarantee India a world championship medal.

Adcock and Bankier’s incredible continues into the weekend after their two game victory over the 4th seeded Tian and Jiaming, with Adcock sprinting off court in celebration after Jiaming served into the net at match point down. They have their toughest test in the semi final in the 2nd seeded Indonesian pair of Ahmad and Natsir, who defeated the 5th seeded Danish pair of Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in two games. The other semi final sees the top seeded Zhang and Zhao take on the 6th seeded Xu and Ma in an all-Chinese semi final. Zhang and Zhao defeated the 7th seeded Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei in two games whilst the 6th seeded Xu and Ma beat the unseeded Singapore pairing of Triyachart and Yao in two games also.

Quarter-Final Results

Whilst Japan have interest in all five events, China’s involvement this week had ended at the quarter final stage.

Taufik Crashes Out

The big news for Europe is that there is another player capable of defeating the world’s elite in Marc Zwiebler. After his run to the semi final at the All-England, big things were expected and his two game victory over the top seeded Taufik Hidayat only confirms his credentials at the highest level. Tien Minh Nguyen is Zwiebler’s opponent in the semi final, after the 3rd seed defeated Bao Chunlai in two games to reach the last 4.

Lower Seeds Surprise

Few expected the defeat of both Lu Lan and Li Xuerui at the quarter final stage, but that is exactly what took place as both Japanese players reached the last 4. Lu Lan lost out to Tai Tzu Ying by the narrowest of margins, with the Chinese Taipei player winning the deciding game 22-20 to set up a semi final against Eriko Hirose. The Japanese 5th seeded defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in two tight games to reach the last 4. Sayaka Sato’s upset over Cheng Shao Chieh hung on a knife edge as both players had match points, before the 8th seeded Sato won the match on her 5th match point to progress 27-25 in the decider.

Japanese and Korean Interest In Doubles

With 2 pairs in the men’s and mixed doubles, as well as 1 in the women’s doubles for the Japanese, they narrowly have the most pairings remaining in the doubles disciplines. Korea are also well represented, mostly down to Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun who are in 3 of the 5 Korean matches in the doubles tomorrow. Lee and Ko take on their third Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles in the semi finals, with the 6th seeded Kawamae and Sato standing in their way to the final. The second Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles is the 2nd seeded Hashimoto and Hirata, who take on the American pair of Bach and Gunawan who received a walkover to the last 4.

Korea have interest in both the women’s doubles semi finals, with Ha and Kim taking on the Japanese 2nd seeds Maeda and Suetsuna whilst the 8th seeded Jung and Kim take on the top seeded Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei. Lee and Ha combine in the mixed doubles to take on another Japanese pairing, this time the 6th seeded Ikeda and Shiota. The other semi final sees the unseeded Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo take on the 5th seeded pairing of Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei.

The big Japanese contingent that travelled to the US Open have impressed and have defeated several seeds on route to the quarter final stages whilst some of the biggest names in Japanese badminton struggled on day 3.

Top Seeds Safely Into Last 8

There was little trouble for the top seeds in their 3rd round matches, with top seeded Taufik Hidayat booking his quarter final place against Marc Zwiebler of Germany, seeded 6th this week. The other quarter final in the top half of the draw sees the 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen take on the 5th seeded Bao Chunlai, with all four players progressing without the loss of a game in their 3rd round matches. Boonsak Ponsana’s reward for defeating Takuma Ueda is another Japanese opponent in the 7th seeded Sho Sasaki.

Four Nations Remain

The women’s singles has a symmetry at the quarter final stage, with two competitors from four nations remaining. Two from China, Japan, Thailand and Chinese Taipei with one player from each nation in either half of the draw. Eriko Hirose and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk fight it out at the last 8 stage to see who is the last seed remaining in the top half of the draw, whilst all four seeds remain in the bottom half, with 2nd seeded Cheng Shao Chieh coming through in three games against Ayane Kurihana to set up her quarter final against Sayaka Sato of Japan.

Aussie Delight in Men’s Doubles

The big shock of the day was the defeat of Cheng and Fang in the men’s doubles to Australia pair of Smith and Warfe in just two games to book their place in the last 8. The remaining 7 seeds progressed into the last 8 and the pick of tomorrow’s match sees Lee and Ko take on the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa, whilst the American pairing of Bach and Gunawan take on the German 3rd seeds in Kindervater and Schoettler.

Fujii and Kakiiwa Out

The biggest casualty in the women’s doubles was the loss of the 3rd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa to China’s pairing of Ying and Yu in two games, but there is still two Japanese pairs through to the last 8 with Suetsuna and Maeda progressing in two games as well as Matsuo and Naito having better luck against their Chinese opponents, defeating them in three games to reach the last 8 to take on the 5th seeded Ha and Kim of Korea.

Matuso and Sato Stun Robertson and Wallwork

Japan’s excellent day in the doubles was completed with Matsuo and Sato’s two game victory over the 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork. Lee and Ha continued their run in the event with a two game victory and take on the Chinese pairing of Qiu and Yixin who defeated England’s Olver and Ellis to compound a poor day for the English.

Day 3 Results:

This years US GP Gold event has produced a very quality field, with the likes of Bao Chunlai and Tine Baun using the event as preparation for the world championships in just 4 weeks time.

Top Seeds Through In Men’s Singles

Top seeded Taufik Hidayat has been a regular player at this event for a number of years and is safely into the last 16 with a pair of straight forward wins to set up a 3rd round match against Chetan Anand of India, who defeated the 13th seed Brice Leverdez in two games to round the last 16. 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen has a similar story to Hidayat, with two straight forward victories and a 3rd round match against an Indian opponent, only the 3rd seeded takes on the 12th seeded Kashyap who has also been impressive on route to the 3rd round.

Bao Chunlai is the third big man in the top half of the draw, the 5th seed defeated Carl Baxter of England in the 2nd round to set up a last 16 clash with Japan’s Keigo Sonoda who defeated the 10th seeded Kazushi Yamada in his 2nd round match. The bottom half of the draw is dominated by the Japanese, with 3 players of the 8 remain on that half of the draw. Boonsak Ponsana, the highest seed in the bottom half takes on one of the Japanese players, 14th seeded Takumi Ueda. Both players have been in good form this week and have failed to drop a game on route to the 3rd round.

Baun Crashes Out

Top seed Tine Baun was the main name of interest in the women’s singles, but her run lasted all of 40 minutes as she crashed out to Kaori Imabeppu of Japan in just two games to set up the biggest shock of the week to date. Imabeppu’s reward for defeating Baun is a second round match against Lu Lan of China. The 2nd seeded Cheng Shao Chieh had little trouble in reaching the last 16, where she takes on Ayane Kurihara of Japan in another draw that has a big Japanese contingent still in the draw.

Seeds Safely Into Second Round

The opening rounds of the doubles have been fairly easy for the seeded pairs in all three events. Top seeded Fang and Lee were tested in their opening round match against Austria’s Koch and Zauner but the Chinese Taipei pair came through safely in two games. Lee and Ko of Korea join forces for the first time just a month ahead of the world championships, with the 5th seeds taking on Hirobe and Kazuno of Japan in their second round match in their first main test of the new partnership. The 7th seeded Bach and Gunawan faught through a three-game opening round match to progress into the last 16, where they take on the English pair of Clark and Langridge.

Cheng and Chien progressed into the second round of the women’s doubles without much resistance, but have a tougher test against the Singapore pairing of Sari and Yao in the second round. Japan’s involvement is also apparent in this event also, with 2nd seeded Suetsuna and Maeda as well as 3rd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa both progressing into the last 16, as well as the 4th seeded Matsuo and Naito, who take on the Chinese pairing of Yixin and Cheng in the second round.

Yixin is also in the mixed doubles, and with her partner Qiu YIhan defeated the 2nd seeded Fuchs and Michels in the opening round of the mixed doubles to set up a 2nd round match against Ellis and Olver of England. Lee and Ha are also in the field and they also defeated a seed in the opening round in the 7th seeded Jongjit and Amitapal of Thailand, they take on Shin and Kim in the second round in an all-Korean match.

Tuesday’s Results:

Almost half of the matches played today had Indonesian interest but less than half had the desired success of the capacity crowd.

Gade Topples Taufik

The big match of the day seen two of the world’s best go head to head for a 17th time, Gade won the previous encounter but Hidayat held the overall lead in the head to heads. Gade was at his imperious best through the match, defeating Taufik in two games for the first time in four years to claim victory 21-17, 21-15. His opponent in the semi final will be Sho Sasaki, who stunned another Chinese player today in Chen Jin. The 71-minute match was widely expected to be a one-sided matchup, with the current world champion cruising into the last 4, but the unseeded Japanese player claimed his third consecutive victory over Chen Jin in three games to book his place in the semi finals. The other semi final sees the top two seeds remaining in the draw, as world #1 Lee Chong Wei takes on the 4th seeded Chen Long. Both players have played well to this point, with neither player dropping a game on route to the last 4 but their last three meetings have been one-sided victories for the top seeded Malaysian.

Cheng’s Unlikely Run Continues

Few expected a repeat performance from Cheng Shao Chieh against Liu Xin, but that is exactly what the Chinese Taipei provided in another stunning two game victory to book her place in the semi finals, winning 21-17, 21-15. Her opponent in the last 4 will be Saina Nehwal, who defeated the 6th seeded Tine Baun in two tight games to reach the semi final. The other semi final is an all-Chinese affair as Wang Yihan takes on Jiang Yanjiao in their 9th meeting, with the 3rd seeded Wang Yihan holding a slight advantage in the head to head, winning 5 of their previous 8 meetings.

Kido And Setiawan Stun Danes

The success story of the day was the 7th seeded Kido and Setiawan’s victory over the top seeded Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen in two games, winning 21-13, 22-20 to reach the semi final stage. Their opponents will be the 3rd seeded Cai and Fu of China, the current world champions defeated the 5th seeded Korean pair of Ko and Yoo to reach the last 4. There was yet more success as Ahmad and Septano defeated the current Commonwealth champions and 4th seeds this week Koo and Tan in two games to set up a semi final against the 8th seeded Chai and Guo of China, a pair that the Indonesian pair have never beaten in two attempts.

Wang and Yu Survive Scare

The all-conquering top seeded Chinese pair of Wang and Yu were under pressure in their quarter final match against the 5th seeded Ha and Kim after losing the opening game to the Korean pair. They fought back with the same qualities that have made them so unbeatable in their time as a partnership and erased the deficit before going on to clinch the match 13-21, 21-10, 21-11. They will face the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl who defeated the Indonesian 6th seeds of Jauhari and Polii in two games to book their place in the last 4. There is some Indonesian presence however in the second semi final as Natsir and Melati take on the 4th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa in the last 4, with both pairs coming through three game matches to set up their first ever meeting.

Zhang and Zhao The Pair To Beat

The top seeded Zhang and Zhao have been outstanding this week in reaching the last 4 and have not dropped a game to date this week. Their opponents in the semi final are the Chinese Taipei pair of Chen and Cheng, but the current world #12 pair have failed to defeat the Chinese pair in two attempts, but did take them to three games in their previous meeting. The other semi final features the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir of Indonesia taking on the 8th seeded Danish pair of Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, with the Danish pair defeating the 2nd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the quarter finals in the tightest of matches, eventually winning 22-20 in the deciding game.

Friday’s Results:

The first major shock of the tournament took place in the men’s singles as Lin Dan was defeated by Sho Sasaki in a tame two game defeat.

 

Lin Dan Out

Lin Dan’s defeat to Sho Sasaki was the only blip in a good day for the Chinese in the men’s singles. Sho Sasaki’s victory over Lin Dan set up a quarter final match against Chen Jin, which will stop the question about Lin Dan potentially pulling out of a second Chen Jin encounter within a week. Lee Chong Wei is safely into the last 8 where he will take on Tien Minh Nguyen, who narrow beat Wang Zhengming in the tightest of matches, winning 22-20 in the deciding game.

 

Chen Long and Du Pengyu face off in the quarter finals, to ensure at least one Chinese player in the last 4 but the match of the day for tomorrow will be 3rd on the main court on Friday as local favourite Taufik Hidayat takes on Peter Gade for a place in the last 4. Gade has been impressive in his two victories and Taufik has bounced back well from his three game opening round matchup. It will be their 17th meeting, with Taufik holding a 9-7 advantage on the head to head, but Gade took their last matchup in three tight games at the 2010 All England Championships.

 

Wang Shixian Out

There was further disappointment for the Chinese camp as top seeded Wang Shixian joined Wang Xin in an early round defeat today, after the world #1 lost out to Cheng Shao Chieh of Chinese Taipei in two games. Her prize for defeating the top seed is a quarter final match against another Chinese player, 7th seeded Liu Xin who defeated her team mate Li Xuerui in three games to book her place in the last 8. The other match in the top half of the draw sees Saina Nehwal take on Tine Baun in a match that both players will feel they can win as well as being their best chance at a Superseries Premier title with the early exits of the top two Chinese seeds. Juliane Schenk’s recent form since the Sudirman Cup has continued in her two game victory of Sayaka Sato to set up a quarter final match against Wang Yihan.

 

Qualifiers Stun Lee And Jung

Home field advantage was never more evident than in the shock 21-17, 21-17 victory for the Indonesian qualifiers Pratama and Saputra over the 2nd seeded Lee and Jung. Their reward is a quarter final match over Chai and Guo of China, seeded 8 this week. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen have returned to somewhere near the form that took them to the world number 1 spot and take on the 7th seeded Kido an Setiawan in the last 8 after both pairs recording two game victories.

 

Wang And Yu Storm Into Last 8

The top seeded Chinese pairing of Wang and Yu have been unstoppable through the opening two rounds, dropping just 33 points on route the last 8 and they take on the 5th seeded Ha and Kim in the quarter finals. There was another unlikely victory, with Marissa and Melati defeating the second seeded Cheng and Chien in two tight games to reach the last 8 where they will take on the unseeded Chin and Wong of Malaysia.

 

Asians Supreme In Mixed

Just the 2009 world champions remain for European interest in the mixed doubles. 8th seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take on the 2nd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in their toughest match of the week so far. There were victories for the top seeded Zhao and Zhang as well as 5th seeded Jiaming and Tian, who face off against one another in an all-Chinese quarter final. There is more Chinese interest in the draw as He and Yu take on the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir in the quarter finals.

 

Friday’s Results:

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