Friday, October 30, 2009

Four Top-seeded Players in Men's Singles Semi-final

Paris (10/30) - All four top-seeded men's singles player reach French Super Series semi-final, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist and three times world champion, Lin Dan. In the quarter-final, the top seed overpowered Denmark's Joachim Persson in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-16, to meet compatriot third seed, Chen Jin.

The other semi-final contenders are second-seeded Peter Gade and Indonesian Taufik Hidayat. Gade beat Bao Chunlai of China in a tough match, 21-15, 14-21, and 21-13.

In the women's singles, Wang Lin, seeded 1, struggled hard to win over India's Sania Mirza 15-21, 21-11, and 21-15. She will take on Yao Jie of the Netherlands in the semi-final. Meanwhile, local favorite Pi Hongyan stopped qualifer Olga Konon's journey after a 25-23, 21-9 triumph. She will face third-seeded Wang Yihan who downed Lu Lan 21-17 and 23-21.

Indonesians Triumph

World number one men's doubles pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan eased to the semi-final as they humbled Malaysia's Zakry Abdul Latif and Fairuzizuan Tazari easily, 21-11 and 21-17. The Indonesians will compete against Chinese Tao Jiaming/Sun Junjie to win a final ticket.

However, Markis/Hendra's success is not followed by their teammates, Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano, who were defeated by Carsten Mogensen/Mathias Boe in a tough battle, 18-21, 21-12, 15-21. The Danish pair will face Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in the semi-final.

In the mixed doubles, Indonesia put two pairs in the semi-finals. 2005 and 2007 world champion Nova Widhianto and Lilyana Natsir strove toughly to conquer Diju Valiyaveetel/Jwala Gutta 6-21, 22-20, and 21-10 while Hendra Aprida Gunawan/Vita Marissa progressed to the semi-final with a comfortable 21-18, 21-9 victory over Kristof Hopp and Anastasia Russkikh.

Women's doubles selected results:
5-Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli (CHN) def. 1-Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui (MAS) 19-21, 21-19, 21-17
2-Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. Jenny Wallwork/Gabrielle White (ENG) 21-17, 21-17

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