Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lee Yong-dae/Shin Baek-choel Advance to the Semi-final

Birmingham-Six seed Lee Yong-dae and Shin Baek-cheol progressed to the men's doubles semi-final of All England by defeating Indonesian Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano of Indonesia 17-21, 21-15, and 21-14. The South Korean pair will face the winner between Malaysian Zakry Abdul Latif/Tazari versus another South Korean players, Hwang Ji-man/Han Sang Hoon.

In the botom half, fifth seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will play against third-seeded Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong for the semi-final place. Meanwhile, Danish Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen and Chinese Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng will compete to get into the semi-final.

In the women's singles Jiang Yanjiao won the Chinese rivalry after downing teammate Lu Lan 21- , 22-20.

Surprisingly, South Korean third-seed Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won withdrew in the quarter-final match against compatriot Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung. This means that Ha/Kim are through the semi-final. Another women's doubles players that moved to the semi-final are Chinese Olympic 2008 gold-medalist Yu Yang/Du Jing. Yu/Du will meet the winner of an all Chinese quarter-final match. Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen will play against Pan Pan/Tian Qing.

Another matches today are mixed doubles player second seed Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung facing Zheng Bo/Ma Jin for the semi-final ticket. The winner will meet one of these pairs: Ko Sung-hyun/Ha Jung-eun or Anthony Clark/Donna Kellogg. Men's singles former world number one Lin Dan, who beat compatriot Bao Chunlai 21-14, 21-13, has a rendezvous with Joachim Persson. If Lin Dan wins, he will meet his junior Chen Jin, who overcame Sho Sasaki of Japan in rubber set, 14-21, 21-13, and 21-19.

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