Day 5 - Semi Finals - Afternoon


The in form pair from Hong Kong Chau Hoi Wah / Lee Chun Hei meet the yet to be really tested 2013 World Champions Liliyana Natsir / Tontowi Ahmad of Indonesia for a very exciting match on paper which lived up to expectations.

Where hand skills qualities are on par, the difference came down to the coordination of the partnership on the day. Chau/Lee warmed into the match within the first five points as they have all week and the Indonesians had insufficient time to turn things around in the first but they did in the second.

Indonesia secured the second game partly because Hong Kong's rhythm had cooled several degrees and by forcing their opponents to make sudden short sharp moves to reach shuttles.

In the decider between two fully warmed pairs, Hong Kong recorded their second victory in as many days against another world top 5 pair they've never beaten until this week, 21-8, 9-21, 21-15.



It seemed like Bae's day to catch up in her head to head record of 2:15 with Wang Shixian, having won their last encounter just a month ago in straight games. For the first game and a half the Korean played with the kind of flow that has eluded Wang all week.

But Wang, like all the Chinese, has the aptitude of tailgating and never giving up. An opponent really has to win all the points off Wang to win it and Bae was doing that and knew she had to the majority of the time. Wang buoyed by the luck of the netcord at 19-19 converted game point on the first time of asking.

The match was much closer than the eventual score suggests, 21-19, 21-16. Bae bounced back to the same high quality she had in the first game until Wang again clawed back to again the second game interval lead with sheer persistance. After this juncture, Bae continued to have long range stamina but Wang's speedier movement around the court became a problem on top of wondering what she needed to do to counter her opponent's relentless spirit and lucky shots at key moments. Clearly, skill and feeling good on the day alone isn't all one can rely to win.

Former world #1 Wang Shixian though pleased with this afternoon's win was unhappy with her performance overall.



China's Tang Yuanting / Ma Jin recorded their third consecutive win and first in straight games, 21-16, 21-18, over last year's runners-up Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna Pedersen.

"Our Danish opponents were taller than we are normally used to playing and the angles of their attack in the beginning I found troublesome", remarked the 2014 All England runner-up in women's doubles Tang / Ma.