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The quarterfinal at Fuzhou China Open will be remembered as the last match for the reigning Olympic Mixed Double Champions. The legendary Indonesians saw themselves cashing in a loss to the World Junior Champions from 2016.
This week all Indonesian badminton fans have been extra nervous every time Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad went on court. They all knew that the Fuzhou China Open would be the legendary pair’s last tournament together. After this week Natsir and Ahmad will no longer be partnering up as Natsir is close to the end of her career.
It is already publicly known that the 33-year old Indonesian stops her career in the beginning of 2019. Her partner Tontowi Ahmad continues playing with a new partner already from Hong Kong Open next week.
Entering the history books
Back to the quarterfinal today. He Jiting and Du Yue, who won the World Junior Championships in 2016, are the ones we will see in the history books as the ones who stopped Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad in their last match. The two Chinese drew the longest straw in the first quarterfinal of the day as they won 21-18 21-19 against the Indonesians.
That brings them to an interesting semifinal against their compatriots, nearly unbeatable Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, who won in three games against Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai today. China is also represented in the other semifinal tomorrow, which will be a battle between no. 2 on the world ranking, Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping and the Japanese duo Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino.
Indonesia didn’t have a good quarterfinal day in China with only two out of six matches being won. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan were the ones to defend their country’s colors. They are the only Indonesians in the semifinals tomorrow.
Then things were very different for the local players. China is represented in no less than eight semifinals tomorrow, and as mentioned above, one of them it will be an all-Chinese battle. Both Indonesian men’s doubles will have Chinese opponents tomorrow.
The only European semifinalist is in women’s single where the triple World Champion from Spain, Carolina Marín, will be up against Chen Yufei. There is still a chance for a final between two Chinese since He Bingjiao is in the other semifinal. She will play against Nozomi Okuhara who has statistics on her side; 4-0 before the match tomorrow.
Results from the quarterfinals at Fuzhou China Open:
MS: Chou Tien Chen, TPE (4) vs. Kidambi Srikanth, IND (5) 21-14 21-14
MS: Chen Long, CHN (6) vs. Anders Antonsen, DEN 21-18 21-16
MS: Shi Yuqi, CHN (2) vs. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, INA (8) 16-21 21-14 21-14
MS: Kento Momota, JPN (1) vs. Son Wan Ho, KOR (7) 21-17 21-14
WS: He Bingjiao, CHN (8) vs. Pusarla V. Sindhu, IND (3) 21-17 17-21 21-15
WS: Chen Yufei, CHN (4) vs. Ratchanok Intanon, THA (6) 15-21 21-9 21-11
WS: Nozomi Okuhara, JPB; (7) vs. Sayaka Takahashi, JPN 21-4 21-10
WS: Carolina Marín, SPA (5) vs. Beiwen Zhang, USA 21-11 21-13
MD: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, INA (1) vs. Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, DEN (6) 22-20 21-17
MD: Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan, CHN (3) vs. Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng, TPE 21-14 21-11
MD: He Jiting/Tan Qiang, CHN vs Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen, CHN (2) 21-15 14-21 21-19
MD: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, INA vs. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, IND 21-11 16-21 21-12
WD: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, JPN (2) vs. Li Wenmei/Zheng Yu, CHN 21-13 21-15
WD: Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, KOR (7) vs. Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, INA (4) 21-17 17-21 21-18
WD: Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, JPN (5) vs. Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun, KOR 21-15 21-19
WD: Chae Yujung/Kim So Yeong, KOR vs. Baek Ha Na/Kim Hye Rin, KOR 21-17 21-16
XD: He Jiting/Du Yue, CHN vs. Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, INA (3) 21-18 21-19
XD: Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, CHN (1) vs. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, THA 21-10 19-21 21-11
XD: Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, CHN (2) vs. Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti, INA 18-21 21-16 21-14
XD: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, JPN (8) vs. Kim Won Ho/Baek Ha Na, KOR 21-19 26-24