One of the most fascinating aspects of badminton to spectators is the ability of men's doubles players to exude the calm defense and lightning reactions at sometimes at point blank range in the fastest discipline of the fastest racquet sport on earth. This Korean-Chinese battle was full semi-final value for that.
One of the strategies all round was to get one guy in a jam - any guy - and once isolating one guy make it a two versus one scenario. Yoo/Lee kept swapping both at the rear and at the front deliberately which lessened these occurrences on their side.
Fortunate for spectators, "It turned out to be nothing major when I hurt my wrist yesterday and I recovered fine for today's match", commented Lee Yong Dae who is the most famous face in international badminton apart from Lin Dan. He thrilled spectators by defending from sitting on the ground more than once in the second game and managing to resume the point normally.
On a critical point late in the second, Lee stayed prostrate on the ground after not expecting his rescued shot to make it over the net. To make matters more interesting Hong Wei challenged the out line call on the Korean baseline. The successful call reversed the score from 15-19 to 16-18 for the Chinese but it was not enough to achieve leveling the close match.
Earning 22-20, 21-18, today, the defending champions from Korea, Yoo/Lee, are the ones heading into final against another Chinese pair Liu Xiaolong / Qiu Zihan.
MS: ALL DENMARK, ALL CHINA
In the all Danish semi-final, the younger underdog Viktor Axelsen prevailed 21-15, 21-17, to make an appearance in his second Superseries final of this year after making India Open two calendar months less one day ago.
The same pattern didn't prevail in the all Chinese semi. Last year, Tian Houwei came up against Lin Dan and this year against Chen Long. This contest was much more interesting on paper beforehand because it isn't between two left handers and Tian's risk averse steadiness is much more suited to dealing with Chen Long.
Tian's playing style did give him a lead in the beginning but its effectiveness petered out soon after, 14-21, 19-21, thus paving the way for a men's singles final between the two tallest men.