South Korean doubles star Lee Yong-dae and his new partner Shin Baek-choel are through to the semi-finals of the 2009 Yonex German Open after beating Japanese qualifiers Naoki Kawamae and Shoji Sato, 21-14, 12-21, and 21-15 yesterday. Today, the fifth-seeded pair will face England's Robert Blair and Chris Adcock.
In the mixed doubles event, Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung, having also advanced to the semi-final, will meet Zheng Bo and Ma Jin of China. The top-seeded pair beat Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White, 23-21, 21-15 in the quarter-final.
In the same event, Lee Hyo-jung and her women's doubles partner Lee Kyung-won will face Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei of China. They overcame Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia, 21-13, 18-21, and 21-15.
In the men's singles, Wong Choong Hann, seeded third, surprisingly lost to China's qualifier Chen Long 21-9, 19-21, and 16-21. Chen will meet fellow national Gong Weijie in the semi-final.
Saturday (2/28) semi-final fixtures:
1-Bao Chunlai (CHN) v. Eric Pang (NED)
Chen Long (CHN) v. Gong Weijie (CHN)
1-Zhu Lin (CHN) v. Judith Meulendijks (NED)
6-Wang Yihan (CHN) v. 2-Xu Huaiwen (GER)
5-Lee Yong-dae/Shin Baek-choel (KOR) v. 2-Chris Adcock/Robert Blair (ENG)
6-Howard Bach/Tony Gunawan (USA) v. Kenichi Hayakawa/Kenta Kazuno (JPN)
1-Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Kyung-won (KOR) v. 3-Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
2-Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung (KOR) v. Pan Pan/Tian Qing (CHN)
1-Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung (KOR) v. Zheng Bo/Ma Jin (CHN)
5-Xu Chen/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) v. Flandy Limpele (INA)/Anastasia Russkikh (RUS)