As we enter the quarter-finals stage of the Li Ning China Masters Super Series China has a firm grip on almost every draw in this tournament. In the men’s singles China has 4 of the remaining players. Hardly surprising is the fact that Peter Gade is the only non Asian player left in the tournament except for France’s Pi Hongyan who first played for China. Gade will play Boonsak Ponsana, and if he’s successful there, Chen Jin. For the most part I’m sure that Gade is happy simply to be on the other side of the draw from Lin Dan. The world champion Lin Dan will play Park Sung Hwan in his quarter-final match.
A big surprise in the women’s singles was the upset of Denmark’s top player Tine Rasmussen to the Chinese qualifier Wang Xin in three close games 17-21, 21-16, 21-14. Wang Xin will now play Pi Hongyan as she enters her first ever Super Series quarter-final. Elsewhere in the draw Hong Kong’s Wang Chen had to retire after losing the first set and trailing 5-0 in the second game, no word on what happened.
The men’s doubles is missing a lot of the world’s top pairs, in fact there were 3 byes in the draw which indicates that there were not enough entries to fill the draw. A terrible thing to see, but certainly a great opportunity for some new teams to earn some very valuable experience and world ranking points as the Super Series are worth a great deal. The safe money at this stage is on a finals encounter between Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah vs China’s Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun.
The women’s doubles features only two non Chinese pairs, but certainly the favourites Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei are unlikely to falter before facing the second seeds Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung. The mixed nationality pairing of Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether were unable to maintain their momentum as they fell to the second seeds in two quick games. Finally the mixed doubles is almost certainly a lock for China with 7 out of 8 remaining pairs.
Today we’ll be covering the semi-finals of the BWF World Badminton Championships where we can expect several fantastic matches featuring the world’s premiere players. We will do our best to help you track down the live streaming videos online. If you know of anywhere that the matches are being featured online, help out the rest of the visitors by participating in the chat and letting us all know.
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BVM Coverage – World Badminton Championships Quarter-Finals
The round of 16 pitted seed against seed, with yet more shocks along the way. 4th seeded Wang Yihan crashed out to 11th seeded Juliane Schenk in two games, who plays Pi Hongyan of France, seeded 8.
Court 1 was also the stage to see top seeded Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui crash out of the Women’s Doubles to Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna, seeded 11 from Japan.
All of the 10 games on Court 2 ended in two sets, with the big shock of the day being Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan ending Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen’s chances of world title success.
Jan O Jorgensen’s superb form continued as he disposed of 16th seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand to book his place in the quarterfinals against Taufik Hidayat.
Day 5 begins with doubles on all three courts, followed by on Court 1 is the all-European Women’s Singles match between Juilane Schenk and Pi Hongyan. Chen Jin plays Simon Santoso third on court. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan play Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong for a place in the semi finals.
Court 2 starts with top seeds Lee and Lee play Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen, followed by Ma Jin and Zheng Bo playing Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl. The last four matches on Court 2 are the highlight of the day, with Zhou Mi playing Xie Xingfang for a place in the semi finals of the singles.
Lee Chong Wei plays Sony Dwi Kuncoro, with the winner playing the match of the day, Lin Dan against Peter Gade. Play ends on Court 2 with local hero Saina Nehwal playing Wang Lin.
Court 3 has Tine Rasmussen playing Lu Lan of China, followed on court by Jan O Jorgensen against Taufik Hidayat. Of the 40 remaining players in all the competitions, 35 are seeded.
Play begins at 2pm on all three courts.
The Ladies Singles draw has been blown wide open with last weeks winner and top seed Zhou Mi losing in the opening round to qualifier Sayaka Sato of Japan in three games early this morning.
Fifth seed Pi Hongyan suffered a similar fate, losing to Indonesian Maria Fabe Kusumastuti in three sets, meaning only two seeds remained in the top half of the draw in Wang Lin (Seeded 3rd) and Xie Xingfang (Seeded 8th)
There was no trouble for any of the other six seeded ladies with all of them progressing to Thursday’s second round encounters.
In the Mens draw, Lin Dan’s return to action was against Indonesia’s Andre Kurniawan Tedjono. The 3rd seed progressing comfortably in two sets to set up a second round clash with Hsieh Yu Hsing.
All three Indonesian seeds progressed to round two, as well as Peter Gade who set up a second round match with the man who put out Lee Chong Wei in Singapore, Tien Minh Nguyen. Last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana will play Taufik Hidayat in Round 2.
Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark continued their excellent form with a superb win over 7th seeded pair Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano. They will play another Indonesian pair in Round 2 in Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi