If yesterday was about the shocks that took place, then today’s story was the normality of the seeds defeating their unseeded opponents. The day was not without he occasional shock result by the day belonged to the world’s elite.
Lee Chong Wei’s merciless 21-7, 21-8 defeat of Sourabh Verma only confirmed the gulf in class and why the Malaysian is considered the best player in the world by some. He takes on Hu Yun in the first of tomorrow’s semi finals, with the 8th seed from Hong Kong having his own excellent run this week. The second semi final is a somewhat anti-climactical one, with Taufik Hidayat’s loss to Park Sung Hwan making sure that the Gade – Taufik match wouldn’t take place. The 6th seed was impressive with his defeat of Hidayat, disposing of the 2nd seed in two games. Peter Gade ensured one half of the semi final that people wanted to see remained intact, with a 21-10, 21-10 victory over Takuma Ueda of Japan.
Yip Pui Yin and Bae Youn Joo will never see another opportunity like this to claim a Super Series title, with no Chinese involvement this week and the top two seeds crashing out early that leaves both seeds within two matches of a Super Series title. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk stands in Yip Pui Yin’s way whilst Japan’s Sayaka Sato takes on Bae Youn Joo in the other semi final. Only Sato out of the two unseeded players has defeated a seed this week, taking out 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana in the second round.
The men’s doubles is the closest event that resembles some sort of normality with three seeds remaining of the top 4 at the start of the week. Koo and Tan have efficient on route to the last 4 without the loss of a game but have their toughest test of the week against Hashimoto and Hirata, seeded 4 this week. The other semi final features the 3rd seeded Chandra and Gunawan and another Indonesian pair in Saptura and Pratama, who defeated their second seed of the week in the quarter final in the 6th seeded Kawamae and Sato in two games.
The women’s doubles is a similar story to the men’s, with 3 of the top 4 seeds remaining. The top two Japanese seeds are safely into the last 4 and face a pair of south-east Asian pairs. Top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna take on the 4th seeded Jauhari and Polii, with both pairs failing to drop a game to date, whilst the 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa take on the only unseeded pair left in the draw, Poon and Tse of Hong Kong.
Indonesia have all but a stranglehold on the mixed doubles, with 3 of the 4 remaining pairs coming from Indonesia. Rijal and Susanto take on Ahmad and Natsir, who both came through their quarter final matches in three games to set up the all-Indonesian clash. The other semi final features the third Indonesia pair, 3rd seeded Kurniawan and Bernadeth taking on the 5th seeded Malaysia pair of Chan and Goh who come into the semi finals on a real high after their victory over 2nd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam.
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