The women took centre stage on Thursday, with the two semi finals taking place on day 5 of the championships.
Korea vs. Japan
The key to Japan’s success was in their singles matches, which they have been exceptionally strong in this week with only Eriko Hirose’s defeat against Juliane Schenk in the group stage stopping a perfect record to date. Bae Sueng Hee had come through two long matches but fitness was never a factor as the Korean #1 give her nation an early lead with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Eriko Hirose. Lee and Kim doubled Korea’s lead with a 21-19, 21-10 win over Suetsuna and Maeda, making Japan had to win the next three to make the final. Ai Goto halved the deficit with a 21-10, 22-20 win over Bae Youn Joo but the second Korean doubles pair of Lee and Ha were too strong for Fujii and Kakiiwa, with the Korean’s winning 21-14, 21-18 and taking the match overall by 3 matches to 1.
China vs. Indonesia
Saina Nehwal proved yesterday that Wang Yihan could be beaten, at least in one game but the Chinese #1 proved why she is the best player in the world at the moment with a 21-7, 21-12 victory over Maria Febe Kusumatuti in the opening singles of their Uber Cup semi final. The unbeaten Ma and Wang doubled the Chinese lead with a 21-17, 21-13 over the also previously unbeaten duo of Polii and Maheswari to put China within one game of the Uber Cup Final. Wang Xin completed the task with a 21-17, 21-15 win over Adriyantii Firdasari in just over half an hour and completed the 3-0 rout to book China’s place in Saturday’s final.