Friday, September 18, 2009

China Dominates China Masters Semi-Finals

Changzhou (9/18) - China assures two China Masters titles from women's singles and mixed doubles when the semi-finalist are all Chinese. Women's fifth-seeded Lu Lan will face compatriot Wang Shixian while Wang Lin will play against Wang Xin.

In the mixed doubles, eight seeds Chen Zhiben/Zhang Jinkang will compete against Tao Jiaming and Wang Xiaoli. The winner of this match will meet either 3rd seeds Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen or 2nd seeds He Hanbin/Yu Yang.

Lin Dan Fights Hard to Win

Former world number one Lin Dan struggled to beat Korean Park Sung-hwan in rubber-sets, 21-15, 13-21, and 23-21. He will play Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles semi-final tomorrow (8/18).

The other semi-finalist contenders are China's Chen Jin and Thai Boonsak Ponsana. Seventh seed Boonsak progressed after beating 3rd seed Peter Gade 21-11, 18-21, 21-13. Chen Jin stunned his junior Chen Long in a tough match, 21-16, 8-21, and 21-16.

In the men's doubles, another China players, Guo Zhendong/Xie Zhongbo, booked a semi-final clash with third seeds Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah. Guo/Xie downed countrymen Li Rui/Rao Yuqiang easily 21-13 and 21-13 after Choong/Lee subjugated Li Tian/Shen Ye 21-13, 22-20. Li/Rao played in the quarter-final because top-seeded Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung of Korea withdrew.

Korean pair, Cho Gun-woo/Yoo Yeon-seong, will challenge world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng after beating Gan Teik Chai/Tan Bin Shen 21-18, 21-15. Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng made a comfortable 21-11, 21-10 victory over Cho/Yoo's teammates Ko Sung-hyun/Kwon Yi-goo.

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