China shuttles to Indonesia Open semis
Jakarta: Shuttling powerhouse China dominated the Indonesia Open quarterfinals Friday, with four doubles teams and three singles pushing through to the semis.
But in the men`s rounds, all eyes were on top-seed Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, who beat Denmark`s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus with a safe 21-18, 21-11 in the men`s singles, winning an impressive 11 consecutive points against the Dane.
Vittinghus struggled to keep up with Lee, with shots placed a hair`s breadth from the sidelines.
"The opener was a bit tough. But I just tried my best to win. I have now won five times," Lee told reporters after the match.
"It`s been smooth so far. I`ll go back and prepare for the Commonwealth Games, and then the World Championships and Asian Games," he said.
Women`s top seed Li Xuerui of China beat India`s Saina Nehwal in a tight first game but proved the faster and more dexterous in the second, ending the game at 22-20, 21-15.
Women`s second seed and former world number one Wang Shixian of China beat Thailand`s Busanan Ongbumrungpan 21-19, 21-19.
South Korea`s Jang Ye-Na and Kim So-young made a nail-biting comeback against Denmark`s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the women`s doubles, losing the first game but bagging the second and third in close-shave tie-breakers.
Despite their early dominance, the Danes lost when Rytter smashed the shuttle wide at match point, ending 14-21, 22-20, 22-20.
"This is a big win for us because Denmark is very difficult to beat," Jang told reporters.
"If we play our best, I think we can win this," she said.
China will be well represented in the doubles semis, with men`s pair Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan, and Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei for the women all winning against fellow Chinese pairs.
Chinese women`s team Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting cruised to the semis after defeating Singapore`s Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei, 21-18, 17-21, 22-20.
Shinta and Yao crept close to victory in the third game when they jumped to match point at 18-20. But the Chinese pair won four consecutive points to seal their victory.
Indonesian men`s pair Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan eased past their fellow countrymen Markus Fernaldi Gideon and Markis Kido 21-13, 21-23, 21-13 to a wild home crowd.