Just as in the World Championships last month, China was well represented on finals day with 3 of the 5 finals being all-Chinese affairs.
The first title went to Tao and Tian in the mixed doubles, as the 7th seeded pair defeated their unseeded opponent Xu and Yu in two games, winning 21-11, 21-14 in 30 minutes. The women’s doubles was again an all-Chinese matchup with Wang and Yu taking on their unseeded opponents Bao and Lu. The match was never a contest as the new partnership of Wang and Yu defeated Bao and Lu 21-8, 21-8.
The double world champions in the men’s doubles, Cai and Fu continued their excellent form with a two game victory over Ko and Yoo, the 4th seeds from Korea. Their 21-14, 21-19 victory was the Chinese pairs 14th consecutive win, dating back to their All-England defeat in March.
The women’s singles final had some European interest as Tine Baun’s victory over top seed Wang Yihan but couldn’t put out a second Chinese seed in the final as Wang Xin put her world championship defeat behind her to take the China Masters title in superb fashion, winning 21-13, 21-9.
Lin Dan reached his first final of the year and looked to be in superb form but had a tough task in the final against Chen Long, who defeated Bao Chunlai to set up the all-Chinese final. After taking the opening game, Chen Long battled back to take the second game as Lin Dan dropped his first game of the week. However the 4th seed responded like the Lin Dan of old and won the next two games to take his first title of 2010, winning 15-21, 21-13, 21-14.
The all-Chinese final was ensured yesterday with the 4 semi-finalists being all from the host nation. Lin Dan hadn’t reached a final this year but took on unseeded Wang Zhengming in the first of the semi finals, the 46 minute encounter was an excellent test for Lin Dan, but he was rarely troubled in his 21-12, 21-17 victory to delight the local crowd. The other semi final was a surprise, as 7th seeded Chen Long defeated his more experienced opponent Bao Chunlai in a two-game, 52 minute encounter that the 7th seed took 21-18, 21-12.
There was a real surprise in the women’s singles, as top seed Wang Yihan was defeated by 4th seeded Tine Baun in a tight yet convincing two game victory, the 4th seeded Dane winning 21-16, 21-19. She will play Wang Xin, who is looking to put her world championship final defeat behind her. She defeated the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian 21-11, 21-15 to book her place in tomorrow’s final.
The men’s doubles match between Cai and Fu and Lee and Jung was another fabulous three-game encounter, with the Chinese pair losing the opening game only to bounce back and win the next two to delight the home fans. They take on another Korean pair in the final as Ko and Yoo defeated the unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Lim in two games to book their place in tomorrow’s final.
The Wang/Lu partnership has been a heralded success at this weeks event, they defeated the 2nd seeded pair of Cheng and Zhao in two tight games to book their place in the final, where they will take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Lu and Bao who defeated the top seeded Cheng and Chien in three games to set up the second all-Chinese final tomorrow.
The third all Chinese final sees another unseeded Chinese pair, Xu and Yu convincingly defeated the top seeds Widianto and Natsir in two games, winning 21-11, 21-17 to set up a final against the 7th seeded Tao and Tian. They defeated the 8th seeded Ma and He in three games, after losing the opening game 21-7.
Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli met twice today as the two world championship finalist met each other in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles. Ma and He, the 8th seeds defeated their unseeded opponents, Wang and Shen to give first blood to Ma. However in one of the last matches of the day, Wang defeated Ma in the women’s doubles as her and her partner Yu Yang, seeded 5th defeated the unseeded Ma and Zhong in two tight games.
The men’s singles as an all-Chinese affair, with the remaining 4 players all coming from the home nation. The highest seed left in the draw is Lin Dan, who remains without a title in 2010. He defeated Hu Yun in two games to book his place in the semi finals against unseeded Wang Zhengming, who defeated Lee Hyun Il in two games to book his place in the last 4. The other semi final sees Bao Chunlai take on Chen Long who both overcame their unseeded opponents to book their places in the semi finals.
There is only one non-Chinese player in the women’s singles, as the top 4 seeds have progressed to the semi final stage. Top seeded Wang Yihan takes on Tine Baun in the first semi final with the top seed coming through a second three game encounter to book her place in the last 4.The other semi final sees Wang Shixian take on Wang Xin, unseeded Lu Lan’s campaign ends at the quarter final stage with a two game loss to 3rd seeded Wang Shixian.
Unlike the other events, there is only one Chinese pair left in the men’s doubles, the 2009 and 2010 World Champions Cai and Fu take on Lee and Jung in a highly anticipated match since their previous meeting was in January. Unseeded Chan and Lim of Malaysia will take on the 4th seeded Ko and Yoo in the other semi final, with the Malaysia unseeded pair looking to take out their second seeds of the week after taking out Chai and Zhang in Round 2.
Both the women’s doubles and ladies doubles have 3 Chinese pairs in both events, but the top seeds remaning. Cheng and Chien progressed into the last 4 with a three game win over Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia whilst Widianto and Natsir came from 20-16 down in the third game to progress into the semi finals against Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen.
The opening round play in Beijing was without it’s top two seeds in the men’s singles, with Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat withdrawing pre-event. There was plenty of interest for the locals though as Lin Dan returned to the place of his 2008 Olympic triumph to attempt to win his first title of 2010.
His opening match was against the very player who defeated him in the world championship quarter finals, Park Sung Hwan. There was to be no repeat as the 4th seeded took the match in two games. World Champion Chen Jin also progressed in two games, as did Bao Chunlai, Chen Long and two Chinese qualifiers. Wen Kai defeated Dicky Palyama to make it into the second round and Qiao Bin defeated another Chinese qualifier in Lu Yi to make it into the last 16. The last non-Chinese seed in the draw is Jan O Jorgensen after defeating Wong Wing Ki in two games, the 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana crashed out to Ju Yun of Hong Kong in a extremely tight three game encounter, with the Hong Kong player winning 27-25 in the third game.
The women’s singles has 7 of it’s 8 seeds remaining, with world champion Wang Lin having to retire from her match whilst leading 14-8 in the third game. 2009 World Champion Lu Lan proved that she still has the ability for the very top of the women’s game with a 21-8, 21-7 win over Xing Aiying. There were also wins for Tine Baun and Pi Hongyan as the final two Europeans left in the draw, a draw dominated by the Chinese as they have four seeds in the last 16, as well as Lu Lan and Li Xuerui.
All 8 seeds in the men’s doubles successfully navigated their opening round matches, with only Lee and Jung being taken to a 3rd game by Hong and Shen of China. Double world champions Cai and Fu are also into round two with a 2 game victory, with a potential all-Chinese quarter final with Guo and Xu expected.
The top seeds in last months world championships, Ma and Wang have been surprisingly split up for this weeks event, with Wang and new partner Yu Yang who defeated Ma and Wang at the World Championships being seeded 5 for the event whilst Ma plays with Zhong Qianxin and is unseeded. However, the two could play in Friday’s quarter final with another win for both pairs. There were some surprises as 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh lost out to Bao and Lu of China in three tight games and the 4th seeded Shinta and Yao also lost out to their unseeded opponents in three games, with Hsieh and Wang progressing into the last 16.
Ma Jin also has a new partner in the mixed doubles, playing with He Hanbin who she and Bo Zheng beat in the world championship final last month. Bo Zheng is not present at this weeks tournament, but there is a massive Chinese interest in the mixed doubles with Wang Xiaoli making her first appearance in a Super Series mixed doubles with an impressive three game win over Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul of Thailand and could face another match against Ma Jin at the quarter final stage. The top seeded Widianto and Natsir progressed to the last 16 with a routine two game win over Chen and Xie of China.