Sydney, Sat, 12 May 2018
Day 5 - Semi-Finals
The stadium suddenly lost the main central court lighting in the second games of the opening mixed doubles matches and after waiting for nearly 10 minutes the players of Malaysian-Chinese together decided to play on under the secondary lights. The all-Korean personnel on the adjacent court followed suit.
As they have been all week, the seven seeded Olympic silver medallists Goh Liu Ying / Chan Peng Soon have been businesslike in their dealings with opponents of any ranking. Their deeply understood partnership was key to overcoming China’s fresh young pair Li Yinhui / Wang Zekang, 21-16, 25-23.
In men’s doubles, the Indonesians observed early that the their Indian opposition’s skills wouldn’t have enough bite. First seeds Berry Angriawan / Hardianto decided to drive Manu Attri / Reddy Sumeeth to frustration by defend endlessly until they succumbed, 21-17, 21-15.
In a match where both sides chose to be energetic, the younger Korean World Junior girls champions Lee Yu Rim / Baek Ha Na took the lead against first seeds Misato Aratama / Akane Watanabe in women's doubles.
With a multiple World Champion as coach, Ra Kyung Min, sitting behind them, Lee/Baek appeared assured throughout the long rallies that their smashes were good enough to break through especially Lee Yu Rim’s. By altering nothing dramatically about their proposition, the Japanese inevitably surrendered 21-16 , 21-17.
In both women’s and men’s singles, it was the two that got away for Hong Kong in their battles against China.
Both unseeded Cai Yanyan and Zhou Zeqi rode their standard stable performances to straight games victory over the patchy brilliance of Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and Lee Cheuk Yiu respectively.
Cai beat Cheung 21-19, 21-11, by being patient through her opponent clearing out.
Zhou must have noticed that Lee possessed energy in surplus which also resulted in unforced errors out the final attacking shot of the rallies until he won, 21-14, 21-15.
For the full results and tournament schedule, go to https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=0B2351D8-4D29-4E7A-B3DB-8CBF2E65CF32&d=20180508