Photo credit: Tang Shi
There were shock starts in first match of both semifinal ties in the men’s team event today when China met Chinese Taipei and Indonesia was up against Japan.
China’s runner-up from the World Championships, Shi Yuqi, struggled against Chinese Taipei’s top single, Chou Tien Chen, in first match of the two countries’ semifinal. Chen who had lost all three previous encounters against the Chinese went on court with the correct strategy today where he only needed 39 minutes to bring his country ahead in the tie after winning in straight games.
When the men’s double World Championship, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, lost first game in the following match, nerves were on the outside of the Chinese team. Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin, bronze medalists from Nanjing, took first game 21-19 but the Chinese Taipei duo couldn’t keep pace in the remaining of the match. Giving only 12 and 9 points to their opponents, Li and Liu had equalized the tie at 1-1.
Chen Long was next up for the Chinese against Wang Tzu Wei and once again we saw a negative Chinese start. Wang bagged first game 21-18 and it was a bit uphill for Chen now. He managed to come back though and after 81 minutes China was leading 2-1. Now it was uphill for Chinese Taipei.
Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang from Chinese Taipei couldn’t deliver the surprise though. Facing Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan was too much and in just 38 minutes the Chinese duo had closed the tie after winning in straight games. China is in their fourth consecutive final where they will be seeking revenge after losing the last one in 2014.
Chou Tien Chen vs. Shi Yuqi 21-13 21-19
Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen vs. Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin 19-21 21-12 21-9
Chen Long vs. Wang Tzu Wei 18-21 21-13 21-17
Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan vs. Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang 21-13 21-17
Lin Dan vs. Hsu Jen Hao (not played)
Japan and Indonesia were up against each other in both the women’s and the men’s semifinals. As the Japanese women defeated their Indonesian opponents 3-1, it was up to the Indonesian men to secure the host nation a spot in the final.
And it started out very well for the second-seeded host nation. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was up against Japan’s probably most safe card, Kento Momota, who recently eased through the roads to gold at the World Championships in Nanjing. But the Japanese should see a shock start as he lost first game 14-21. Things were looking very good for Ginting.
But it went as it goes many times; after a slow start the favorite stroke back. In the 84 minutes long match Momota had both following games in his hands and he was not shaking one moment on his way to giving Japan a 1-0 lead against the Indonesians.
From here it looked quite stable for the host nation who equalized the tie rapidly when Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo used only 31 minutes to defeat the runners-up from Nanjing, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda. 1-1 and full speed forward for Indonesia.
Jonatan Christie brought his team in front when he also just needed two games to defeat Kenta Nishimoto and when Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko were left with no chances in Japan’s second double, it was game over for the Japanese. Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto won by two times 21-10 and Indonesia is in the final. The men revenged the women and won with the same score as the women had lost; 3-1.
This means we will see no. 1 and no. 2 seeded in both finals tomorrow; China against Indonesia in the men’s event and Japan against China in the women’s.
Kento Momota vs. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 14-21 21-14 21-16
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo vs. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda 21-18 21-12
Jonatan Christie vs. Kenta Nishimoto 21-15 21-19
Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto vs. Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko 21-10 21-10
Ihsan Maulana Mustofa vs. Kanta Tsuneyama (not played)