Photo credit: Tang Shi

Shi Yuqi won his quarterfinal yesterday against Lin Dan who is one of the opponents he has actually defeated the most times (4-1 head-to-head). Today he was up against another compatriot, Chen Long, who happens to be one of his most feared opponents (1-4 head-to-head). There was an interesting all-Chinese men’s single semifinal ahead of us.

In the first few rallies Chen Long was the best and he quickly got a lead of 3-1. Everything seemed quite normal. He played patiently and Shi Yuqi was probably a little nervous to be in his first World Championship semifinal. He did however win a silver medal as a junior in 2014 but that’s a different story. Should he be nervous, he was very good at hiding this. From1-3 down Shi Yuqi had full control of the match and he never looked back again!

In a semifinal that never became as exciting as everybody had been hoping for, “the new one” eliminated yet another legendary compatriot for the second day in a row. Safe play from Shi Yuqi mixed with far too many mistakes from Chen Long made the result of 21-11 21-17 an absolutely fair result in a match that never reached the level of yesterday. The two players had shown fireworks yesterday but today it was a bit of a disappointment.

It was Shi Yuqi’s second consecutive win over Chen Long and this was in a match that looked very much like the All England quarterfinal earlier this year where the result was 21-10 21-17 to the younger Chinese. He can now celebrate being in the World Championship final in his home country while the Olympic champion settles for bronze.

Match stats:
Shi Yuqi vs. Chen Long
Total points: 70
Length of match: 44 min
Points per minute: 1.59
Seconds per point: 37.71 sec

That makes it the fastest match played by Chen Long this week when you look at seconds per point – see the funny statistics here

 

You can see the results of all the semifinals here

 

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