It was a poor day for the Chinese in Bangkok as two of their top seeds crashed out at the semi final stage.
Lin Dan and Wang Lin Out
Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s upset over Lin Dan ensured there would be no all-Chinese final in the men’s singles. Yueken Chun will be China’s sole representative in any either of the singles final with his victory over Gao Huan in the other semi final. Wang Lin’s run in the women’s singles was ended by the 2nd seeded Inthanon Ratchanok in two games to book her place in the final against the top seeded Saina Nehwal, with the top seeded Indian dropping just a single set on route to the final.
China With Three Chances At Titles
Liu and Qiu are the only Chinese top seeds left in the draw in the men’s doubles and will take on the 8th seeded Latif and Tazari of Malaysia after both pairs negotiated their semi final opponents in just two games. Cheng and Pan are the sole Chinese pair left in the women’s doubles, after the defeat of the top seeded Huan and Tang to the unseeded pairing of Narissapat and Thongthongkam in two games to set up Sunday’s final.
The sole European hope were the top seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen, but they lost their semi final encounter to Jiaming and Tang to ensure a third Chinese pair into a final this week. Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam are the Chinese pair opponents in the mixed doubles final with the second seeds defeating Singapores Chrisnanta and Neo in two games.
China and Thailand dominate in Bangkok as Lin Dan as reached the last 4 in his build up to the 2012 Games.
China Dominate Men’s Singles
Lin Dan is joined in the semi final by qualifier Gao Huan, who takes on another Chinese player in Yuekun Chen. The Chinese qualifier defeated Takuma Ueda in the opening round whilst his opponent has just dropped a game on route to the last 4. Lin Dan takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who defeated Sourabh Varma in his quarter final in impressive fashion, winning 21-6, 21-8 in just 31 minutes.
The top three seeds are all safely into the last 4 of the women’s singles, joined by Wang Lin who takes on Inthanon Ratchanok. The 2nd seed from Thailand has failed to drop a game on route to the semi final but in their most recent matchup in Australia, the unseeded Chinese player took the match in three games. The other semi final sees the top seeded Saina Nehwal take on the 3rd seeded Porntip Buranaprasertsuk with the Indian top seed winning all of their previous 4 encounters.
Chinese Interest In Doubles Events
Liu and Qiu are the top seeds in the men’s doubles but take on the pairing of Kim and Kim who they have failed to be in both their previous 2 matchups. Hoon and Tan of Malayisa take on Latif and Tazari in an all-Malaysian semi final. Huan and Tang are another top seeded Chinese pair, this time in the women’s doubles and take on the Thai pairing of Narissapat and Thoungthongkam for a place in Sunday’s final. Cheng and Pan have the opportunity to make it an all-Chinese final should they and the top seeds make it through to their semi final with the 5th seeds taking on Aroonkesorn and Voravichitchaikul, seeded 6th this week.
Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen take on Jiaming and Tang in the first of the mixed doubles semi final, with the Danish top seeds being the last Europeans left in the draw. The other semi final sees the 2nd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam take on the 4th seeded Singapore pairing Chrisnanta and Neo of Singapore.