Peter Gade’s dream for a second All England title is still alive as the big threat in the bottom half crashes out. It has been a poor day for Chinese badminton as Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Cai and Fu have all crashed out today. Play was still going on well after 11pm tonight with so many three-game matches going down to the wire.
Peter Gade’s quest is still on, after coming through a 81-minute classic with Taufik Hidayat with the Dane coming through 20-22, 22-20, 22-20. Gade plays Lee Chong Wei after coming back from a game down against Shon Wan Ho of Korea to win the match 14-21, 21-14, 21-14.
The big news of the day is the shock defeat of Lin Dan to fellow countryman Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed coming through 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 to set up a semi final clash with unseeded Japanese player Kenichi Tago. Tago defeated the 3rd seed, Chen Jin in the quarterfinals 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 to book his place in his first All England semi final.
Tine Rasmussen showed flashes of her brilliance in her three-game victory over 6th seed and current world champion Lu Lan, winning the match 16-21, 23-21, 21-11 and had to save 3 match points at 17-20 down in the second game. Rasmussen will play the 7th seed Saina Nehwal in the semi finals after the Indian defeated Juliane Schenk 21-8, 21-14 in their quarterfinal match.
The second semi final is an all-Chinese affair with top seed and defending champion Wang Yihan playing Wang Xin. The top seed defeated 8th seed Zhou Mi 21-9, 11-21, 21-17 to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. Wang Xin defeated 3rd seed and fellow Chinese player Jiang Yanjiao 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semi final against top seed Wang Yihan.
Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the All England semi final after another fabulous victory over Gan and Tan of Malaysia, the Danish pair winning 21-18, 22-20. They will play the 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan after they defeated 8th seed Lee and Choong in their quarterfinal 21-17, 21-11 to book their place against the Danes in the semi final.
There was more Danish success with Boe and Mogensen defeating last years champions Cai and Fu in the quarterfinal, winning 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in a 68-minute thriller. The second seeds Lee and Jung suffered a surprise defeat against 7th seeded Xu and Guo, the Chinese pair winning 21-18, 21-10 to book their place against the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen.
The top seeded Du and Yu are through to the semi final without looking like dropping a game all week, they defeated the 6th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan 21-11, 21-9 to book their place against Pan and Tian in an all-Chinese semi final. The unseeded Chinese duo defeated Polii and Jauhari of Indonesia 25-23, 17-21, 21-17 to book their place against the top seeds. The other semi final is another all-Chinese encounter, with the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao defeating Lee and Ha of Korea 21-11, 21-19 to progress into the last 4. They will play Ma and Wang, the 2nd seeds in the semi final after they defeated Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei 21-12, 21-15.
Qualifiers Zhang and Zhao of China continue their improbable run with another win over a seeded couple, today defeating the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia 21-16, 21-18. The will play another Chinese pair in the semi final, the 4th seeded He and Yu after their 13-21, 21-18, 21-18 win over Tao and Zhang, the 6th seeds from China.
The English interest in the competition ended today with both pairs losing out to their seeded opponents, Clark and Olver losing out 21-19, 21-17 to Lee and Lee of Korea, the 3rd seeds whilst Robertson and Wallwork lost out to the 2nd seeds Widianto and Natsir 21-18, 21-19. The two seeded couples will meet in the semi finals for a place in Sunday’s final.