After a week of hard work the finals are here and China looks primed for domination. With only one event out of their reach, China has 3 guaranteed golds and a chance at the fourth. Mens singles, womens singles, and womens doubles are all in the bag now for China, and Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng will certainly do their best to capture a fourth for the day, and their second for their careers.
Just one day remains in this year World Championships, where no top seed will be playing on finals day. Only Lee and Lee remained as top seeds left in any of the draws but were defeated by Thomas Laybourn and Kamila Rytter Juhl of Denmark in three games.
They will play Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in the final after they defeated the second Danish couple in the semi finals, Joachim Fischer Neilsen and Christina Pedersen.
In the Mens Singles, Chen Jin was in superb form to beat Taufik Hidayat 21-16, 21-6 to reach the final, where he will play Lin Dan. The Chinese 5th seed came through his match against Sony Dwi Kuncoro in three games
Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost out in an agonizing three set affair, losing 22-20 in the decider against Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae. Jung and Lee will play Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, the Chinese partnership came back from losing the opening set to win in three games.
Finals day provides three guaranteed gold medals for the Chinese, starting off with the all-Chinese Men’s Singles Final between Lin Dan and Chen Jin. Both players have only lost one game in their route to the final but Lin Dan goes in as the favourite.
The Mixed Doubles Final is the only match without a Chinese interest, as Denmark’s Laybourn and Rytter Juhl play Indonesia’s Widianto and Natsir. Laybourn and Rytter Dahl have defeated both the third and first seeds to reach the final.
The next two matches are dominated by China. Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting play against Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei in the Women’s Doubles Final, followed by Xie Xingfang against Lu Lan in the Women’s Singles Final.
The last match of the day pits Cai and Fu against Lee and Jung in the Men’s Doubles Finals. The breakdown of the seedings are:
Three 2nd Seeds
One 4th Seed
Three 5th Seeds
Two 7th Seeds
One 8th Seed
Play begins at 2pm local time.
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The unseeded dream ended today, with all 5 unseeeded singles players or partnerships defeated on the biggest day of the World Championships this year. Both top seeds in the singles crashed out within an hour of each other on Court 2, Xie Xingfang defeating Zhou Mi in two games to book her place in the Semi Finals, with Sony Dwi Kuncoro beating Lee Chong Wei in two games.
The day started so well for the Danish, with both mixed doubles partnerships making the Semi Finals. However the dream of a Danish winner in either of the singles ended today with Tine Rasmussen, Jan O Jorgensen and Peter Gade all losing at the quarterfinal stage.
Local hopes were dashed also with defeats to Saina Nehwal and doubles partnership Gutta and Valiyaveetil today. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan also lost in 3 games today to 2nd seeded Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.
Day 6 promises to be a great day, starting on Court 1 with the Mens Singles semi-final between Taufik Hidayat and Chen Jin. Court 2 begins with Lee and Lee playing Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark, with Lee and Lee being the last of the top seeds still in any of the events.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro playing Lin Dan third on Court 1, followed by Xie Xingfang and Pi Hongyan. Court 2 has two all-Chinese matches with Du Jing and Yu Yang playing Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting in the ladies doubles semi-finals. Then Lu Lan plays Wang Lin in the second ladies singles semi finals.
Play begins at 2pm on Day 6;
Back with more live coverage from the ongoing BWF World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India. The matches are getting more intense as the days go by, and the stakes are getting bigger.
Lin Dan’s first tournament since the Sudirman is over at the Quarter Final stage after losing to Chen Jin at the Quarter Final stage today. The duo shared the opening two games before a Lin Dan collapse allowed Chen Jin to take the third set easily 21-4.
On the TV Court, Blair and Bankier’s excellent tournament ended at the hands of Olympic Champions Lee and Lee of Korea. The 2nd seeds won in two games against the British duo in exactly 30 minutes, conceding just 30 points. (21-12, 21-18)
Zheng Bo and Ma Jin continued their excellent run in the last two tournaments with an excellent win over top seeded Indonesian pair of Widianto and Natsir to set up a Semi-Final clash with the Danish 4th seeds Laybourn and Rytter Juhl.
Japan’s Sayaka Soto had played four matches to reach the last eight stage, but the eighth seed proved too big a hurdle as Xie Xingfang disposed of the qualifier in two games. Wang Yihan suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Lu Lan at the quarterfinal stage, with the 7th seed Lu Lan winning the 3rd game 22-20 to set up a Semi-Final match against India’s Saina Nehwal.
Meanwhile, the match of the day pitted local hero Taufik Hidayat against 2nd seeded Peter Gade. A tight opening set was won by Taufik 21-19, but the Dane fought back to take the second game 21-8, winning 7 straight points to take the game. The third set was tight was but the Indonesian always had the lead but didn’t take his opportunity at the first or second attempt as Gade fought back to 20-20 in the final game. Taufik took the next two points and won the match at the third time of asking to setup an all Indonesian Semi Final against Sony Kwi Kuncoro.
Semi Final Matches (Seeding in Brackets):
Lee Chong Wei (1) v Chen Jin (6)
Taufik Hidayat (5) v Sony Kwi Kuncoro (4)
Xie Xingfang (8) v Wang Lin (3)
Lu Lan (7) v Saina Nehwal (6)
Kido/Setiawan (1) v Jung/Lee (6)
Koo/Tan (3) v Cai/Fu (5)
Chin/Wong (1) v Chien/Cheng (3)
Ha/Kim (4) v Cheng/Shao (2)
Lee/Lee (2) v Fischer Neilsen/Pederson (7)
Bo/Jin (5) v Laybourn/Rytter Juhl (4)
The seeded players came out on top for the majority of the day on all five disciplines with only third seeded players out today. Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair took the first seeded scalp in the opening hours of the third day; they beat the 8th seeded couple of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkum in 3 games to progress to the Quarter Finals on Friday.
Chan Yan Kit disposed of the 7th seed in the Men’s Singles in Joachim Persson in two games. Persson is the only seed to fall in the Mens Singles to date. Wins for Taufik Hidayat over last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana and for Sony Dwi Kuncoro ensured some home players would be playing in the Quarter Finals.
In the Women’s Singles, third seeded Wang Lin safely progressed to the Quarters after her Indonesian opponent Adriyanti Fridasari retired at the end of the first match that the Chinese seed won 21-13. 8th seeded Xie Xingfang defeated Rachel Van Cutsen in two games to set up a potential Semi-Final clash with Wang Lin.
In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Wang Yihan has spent less than a hour on court to progress to the Quarter Final where she will play fellow Chinese player and 7th seed Lu Lan. The battle of the Chinese compatriots in round was between Lu Lan and Zhu Lin was won by the 7th seeded in two matches. 4th Seed Wang Chen lost out to unseeded Korean Hye Youn Hwang in three games to take the seeds left in the ladies draw down to just 5.
Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark’s excellent run of form ended with a second round defeat to Indonesian pair Luluk Hidiyanto and Joko Riyadi in two games (24-22, 21-16). Only Zheng Bo and Ma Jin as well as Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen remain from last weeks winners.
Matches to watch tomorrow:
Peter Gade (DEN, Seeded 2) vs Taufik Hidayat (IND, Seeded 5)
Wang Yihan (CHN, Seeded 2) vs. Lu Lan (CHN, Seeded 7)
Blair/Bankier (GBR) vs. Lee/Lee (KOR, Seeded 2)
Widianto/Natsir (IND, Seeded 1) vs. Bo/Jin (CHN, Seeded 5)
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
Semi-Final day in Singapore and the last of the seeded players in the Mens Singles falls, Chen Jin lost out to fellow Chinese player Bao Chunlai in two close sets (21-19, 12-18). In the other Semi-Final, Boonsak Ponsana beat Park Sung Hwan in the longest match of the day in three close sets (19-21, 21-18, 21-13).
Top seed Zhou Mi looks in ominous form as she disposed of 3rd seed Wang Lin in their semi-final encounter, She will play Xie Xingfang after their eighth seeded came back to win the last two games after dropping the first game against her unseeded Chinese compatriot Jiang Yanjiao.
In the Mens Doubles, Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson excellent week in Singapore continued after they defeated Chen Hung Ling and Lin Yu Yang and their semi-final encounter to book their player in the final in two sets (21-19, 21-19). They will face top seeded pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the final after the duo defeated fourth seeded Danish pairing Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen in less than 30 minutes (21-12, 21-16).
The Mixed Doubles has turned into an all-Chinese affair with sixth seeds Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen beating top seeded player Nova Widianto and Lillyana Natsir in two tight sets to book their place in the final. (22-20, 22-20). They will play Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in the final after their over Olympic Champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung in two sets. The fifth seeded Chinese pair have failed to drop a set all week.
MS Chunlai Bo (CHN) v Boonsak Ponsana (THA)
LS Zhou Mi (1) (TPE) v Xie Xingfang (8) (CHN)
MD Kido / Setiawan (1) (IND) v Clark / Robertson (ENG)
LD Tingting / Yawen (5) (CHN) v Polii / Maheswari (IND)
XD Ma / Bo (5) (CHN) v Yawen / Zhongbo (6) (CHN)