Day 4: Host China secures three golds before semifinals 2009-09-19 17:24:00

(Changzhou, September 19) With the conclusion of the quarterfinals on September 18, host team China secured three gold medals already in the women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

Men's singles

Qualifying for the men's singles semifinals were Lin Dan and Chen Jin of China, Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia and Boosak Ponsana of Thailand. Among them Chong Wei Lee had an easy win of 2-0 over his young Chinese opponent Du Pengyu, while Lin Dan had a hard-earned victory of 2-1 over Korea's Sung Hwan Park, with a score of 23-21 in the decisive game.

A young Boosak Ponsana managed to eliminate Danish veteran Peter Hoeg Gade in three games, thanks to his good physique. Chen Jin was the last one to enter the top four, giving a consistent performance to eventually beat teammate Chen Long who had many times outplayed such superstars as Lin Dan and Bao Chunlai.

Women's singles

The quarterfinal match between Lu Lan and Zhou Mi (FRA) attracted great attention yesterday, as prior to that Lu had been beaten by the latter for as many as six times. However, playing in front of a supportive home crowd, Lu managed to stop her losing streak and outplayed her arch rival 21-10 and 21-17 to make the last four, thereby helping secure the gold medal for China in advance.

Dark horse Wang Xin continued her excellent performance yesterday, beating French veteran Pi Hongyan 21-11 and 21-10 without a hitch. Wang Xin's young teammate Wang Shixian also emerged a dark horse when she edged No. 4 seed Wang Yihan 2-0 with the identical score of 21-18. The last semifinal spot belonged to another Chinese Wang Lin, who defeated Korea's Moon Hi Kim with 21-19, 21-18.

Men's doubles

The host team took two of the four spots in the men's doubles semis, as Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng and Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen beat their respective opponents Sung Hyun Ko/Yi Goo Kwon (KOR) and Li Rui/Rao Yuqiang (CNH), both with 2-0.

The other two spots went to Tan Fook Choong/Wan Wah Lee (MAS) and Gun Woo Cho/Yeon Seong Yoo (KOR).

Women's doubles

Top seed Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei eased into the semifinals first by beating Zhang Dan/Zhang Zhibo (MAC) 2-0. Following Cheng/Zhao into the semis were two more Chinese pairs Pan Pan/Tian Qing and Olympic champions Du Jing/Yu Yang.

The women's doubles semifinals became a Chinese affair when Gao Ling/Wei Yili booked the last ticket by eliminating Jung Eun Ha/Min Jung Kim of Korea.

Mixed doubles

The host team also secured the mixed doubles title when He Hanbin/Yu Yang, Olympic bronze medalists, outscored their Korean rivals Sung Hyun Ko/Jung Eun Ha with 21-15, 21-17.

The rest of the quarterfinal matches were all Chinese affairs and the winners were Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen, Tao Jiaming/Wang Xiaoli and Chen Zhiben/Zhang Jinkang.