Photo credit: Tang Shi
China’s reigning World Champions in women’s double, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan, were under big pressure in today’s first session of the quarterfinals as they were the only pair left to defend the host nation’s colors in this category in Nanjing.
Their opponents were one of the three Indonesian pairs in the quarterfinals, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, and the four women delivered a crazily close match in front of the spectators this morning.
It was a very even start on first game where the rallies were quite long and with fairly slow speed. The Chinese took a 7 point streak to bring them comfortably in front with 12-8 but Polii and Rahayu slowly came back and at 19-19 it was all even again. Few rallies later the Chinese spectators had to accept that their darlings were down 0-1; the Indonesians won first game 23-21.
Second game was more or less a true copy of first; an even start, a good streak for Chen and Jia, and the Indonesians who caught up again. From 12-12 it was impossible to predict the winner and one might have expected the match to go in three games simply because it was so even. But despite three Chinese game points it was Polii and Rahayu who could celebrate after 68 minutes; another 23-21 and the medals were secured.
Indonesia and Japan to take all medals
Just like Indonesia, Japan also had three women’s doubles in the quarterfinals, and the first pair on court was up against Thailand’s top duo Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai. There was not the same excitement in this match as in the one between Indonesia and China.
Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara won first game against the Thais fairly easily with 21-12 but in second game it did become much closer and the Japanese just managed to secure themselves a spot in the semifinals with a 22-20 win.
That means that all medals in women’s doubles will be handed out to Japan and Indonesia since the remaining two quarterfinals in this category are both a battle between these two countries.