Friday, August 14, 2009

Lin Dan to Meet Sony

  • World Number One Crushed Out

    2007 World Champion Lin Dan defeated third-seeded Peter Gade in straight sets, 22-20 and 21-16, in 49 minutes to meet Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the semi-final. This semi-final date repeats the 2007 final in which Lin Dan emerged as the best.

    Sony Dwi Kuncoro won a not-really-surprising quarter-final match against top seed Lee Chong Wei 21-16, 14-21, and 21-12. Sony also defeated Lee in 2007 World Championship third round. After this result, Lee never won even one prestigious title, All England and World Championship, since he became the world number one in August 2008.
  • Lee Yong-dae's Successes

    In the opening match of the day, Korean favorites Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung were successfully through the last four by overpowering Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen of China. The world number one needed 41 minutes to grab a 21-16, 21-16 win.

    The Olympics gold medalists will take on seven seeds Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl who beat Zheng Bo and Ma Jin 22-20, 11-21, 22-20.

    Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung celebrates win

    Lee Yong-dae has another triumph with Jung Jae-sung in the men's doubles. They passed a challenge from Chinese Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen 21-17 and 28-26. Next on their course, they will meet the stocky Koo Kien Keat and the "lanky" Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia.

    The second-seeded pair Koo/Tan sank 2005 world champions Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan in a tough rubber sets, 22-20, 13-21, and 21-17.

    However, Lee Yong-dae's success in both events is not followed by his partner. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won suffered loss to 6th seeds Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli of China 18-21 and 13-21.

    The women's doubles semi-final is filled with all Chinese contenders: Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli, Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen, Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei, and Yu Yang/Du Jing.

  • The Only non-China Player

    Chinese-born Pi Hongyan of France becomes the only non-China player to reach the women's singles semi-finals. The eighth seed subjugated unseeded tough German player, Juliane Schenk, in rubber sets, 15-21, 21-15, and 21-19. She will face two-times winner 5th-seeded Xie Xingfang who eliminated world number one Zhou Mi 21-15 and 21-18.

    The other semi-final contenders are seventh seed Lu Lan and second seed Wang Lin. Lu Lan surmounted Danish Tine Rasmussen, seeded 3, in straight sets 21-15 and 21-13 while Wang Lin took revenge over local favorite Saina Nehwal of India 21-16, 21-19. Saina had beaten Wang Lin in Indonesia Open last June.
picture by reuters

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