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Cai/Fu to face formidable Korean duo in MD semis

http://www.sports.cn/ 2010-09-18 11:51:00

(Changzhou, September 18) The quarterfinals of the 2010 LI-LING China Masters went smoothly yesterday in Changzhou with all elite players winning over their respective opponents without a hitch. The only sidelights on the day were Christian Lind Thomsen from Denmark, who lost his match to China's Bao Chunlai but successfully stole the limelight with a zealous performance on the court, making the somewhat flat competition enjoyable to the spectators.

Despite his 0-2 defeat to Bao in the men's singles, Christian Lind Thomsen became the focus of attention throughout the match, now flying to retrieve, now lying sprawled on his back pretending to be killed. After the match he created another excitement among the spectators by throwing his T shirt and racket onto the stands.

At the end of the day, the men's singles became an all-Chinese affair, thanks to 20-year-old Wang Zhengming, the 2008 world youth champion who managed to eliminate Korean veteran Lee Hyun-Il 21-17 and 21-18, which helped pave the way for a clean sweep of the MS semifinals for the host team. While Wang Zhengming clinched a significant win for China, his veteran teammate Lin Dan met tough resistance from Hu Yun of Hong Kong, China but eventually came through with 2-0. In another two MS matches China's Chen Long made short work of his play against Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, while Bao Chunlai cruised into the semis after two seesaw games in his first encounter with Christian Lind Thomsen of Denmark.
With her easy win over Hongyan Pi of France Denmark's Tine Baun is now the only non-Chinese finalist in the women's singles semis. The other three semifinalists are Wang Yihan, who outplayed teammate Xia Jingyun 2-1 and will meet Tine Baun next, Wang Shixian, who defeated compatriot Lu Lan 2-0, and Wang Xin, the No. 2 seed who edged teammate Jiang Yanjiao by another narrow margin of 2-0.

In the men's doubles, Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng was the only host pair that survived the quarterfinals. Following that they will try their luck against the formidable Jung Jae Sung/ Lee Yong Dae from Korea. Another Chinese pair Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan failed to make the semis by losing 1-2 to their Korean counterparts Ko Sung Hyun/Yoo Yeon Seong.

The women's doubles saw three host pairs qualifying for the last four, namely Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei, who trounced Koreans Kim Min Jung/Lee Hyo Jung 2-0; Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli, who eliminated another Chinese new combination of Ma Jin/Zhong Qianxin; and Lu Lu/Bao Yixin, who were automatically moved to the top four after Pan Pan/Tian Qing's withdrawl. The last berth of the WS semis belongs to top-seeded Cheng Wen Hsing/Chien Yu Chin of Chinese Taipei.

In the mixed doubles, the three host pairs of Xu Chen/Yu Yang, He Hanbin/Ma Jin and Tao Jiaming/Tian Qing will have to pass the barrier set up by Nova Widianto/Liliyana Natsir, the No. 1 seed from Indonesia, before they can possibly lay their hands on the top honor.