China’s Olympic champion and world No. 1 Li Xuerui and fellow Chinese players dominated the Badminton Asia Championships semi-finals yesterday in Taipei.
Li was locked in a tight fight with Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi until she claimed the third game to win 21-18, 18-21, 21-12. Another top Chinese player Wang Yihan saw off Japanese Eriko Hirose 21-12, 21-6.
China also took top spots in the men’s singles. Top seed Chen Long beat Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 21-17, 21-15 while Du Pengyu eliminated fellow Chinese Wang Zhengming 21-16, 11-6.
Chinese Olympic men’s champion Lin Dan withdrew from the tournament with a shoulder injury on Friday.
In the men’s doubles South Korean pair Kim Sa-rang and Kim Ki-jung beat Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo 19-21, 21-13, 21-14
Fellow South Koreans Lee Yong-dae and Ko Sung-hyun defeated Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah of Malaysia 21-17, 21-16 in the other semi-final.
Additional reporting by staff writer