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World No. 4 Juliane Schenk’s Incredible Performance at Li-Ning China Open

Juliane Schenk, currently ranked World No. 4 in Women’s Singles badminton, continues to impress with her post-Olympic form. After a disappointing performance at the London Olympics, Schenk has bounced back, winning the Bitburger Open, reaching the final of the Denmark Open, and making it to the semi-finals of the French Open. Just recently, she pulled off a remarkable upset by defeating the top-seeded Wang Yihan in the quarter-finals of the Li-Ning China Open.

Schenk’s victory is a significant achievement considering she had lost her previous five encounters against Wang Yihan, who currently holds the World No. 1 ranking. In a thrilling match that lasted three games, Schenk displayed her fighting spirit and determination, ultimately winning with a score of 19-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Schenk’s next challenge will be Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the semi-finals. On the other side of the draw, we will witness a clash between Japan’s Minatsu Mitani, the recent French Open champion, and the second-seeded Li Xuerui from China.

Mitani’s Journey to the Semi-Finals

Mitani’s journey to the semi-finals has been nothing short of impressive. In a marathon match against China’s qualifier Deng Xuan, Mitani managed to save three match points in the deciding game. Despite being 17-20 down, Mitani kept her focus and won the next five points in a row, securing her spot in the semi-finals with a score of 19-21, 22-20, 22-20.

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Li Xuerui’s Strong Comeback

Li Xuerui, the second-seeded player from China, faced a tough challenge in the first game against compatriot Han Li. However, she showed her resilience and imposing skills to close out the match with a score of 19-21, 21-5, 21-7.

Surprises in Men’s Doubles

The Li-Ning China Open also saw some surprising results in Men’s Doubles. The Olympic gold medallists and local favorites Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng suffered a loss to the new combination of Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun. The match ended with a score of 21-17, 21-16 in favor of the Korean pair.

Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun’s victory is particularly encouraging for Korean badminton fans, as it comes after Lee Yong Dae’s long-time partner Chung Jae Sung’s retirement. The new partnership has already proven successful, winning the French Open in just their second tournament together.

Chinese Domination in Men’s Singles

In Men’s Singles, Chinese shuttlers dominated the competition, with three players making it to the semi-finals. Chen Long, the top seed, had a comfortable win against Japan’s Kenichi Tago with a score of 21-13, 21-12. He will now face Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng in the semi-finals. The second-seeded Chen Jin had a tougher match against China’s qualifier Gao Huan but managed to come out on top with a score of 12-21, 21-19, 21-11. Chen Jin’s next opponent will be his compatriot Wang Zhengming.

Exciting Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Matches Ahead

In Women’s Doubles, the second-seeded pair Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli faced some early resistance from Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. However, they managed to overcome the challenge and will now face Narissapat Lam and Saralee Thoungthongkam from Thailand in the semi-finals. The top half of the draw will witness a match between Korea’s Eom Hye Won and Jang Ye Na against Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan.

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In Mixed Doubles, the duo of Ma Jin and Xu Chen are on their way to potentially winning their third consecutive Superseries title. They comfortably defeated their fellow Chinese opponents Bao Yixin and Liu Cheng with a score of 21-15, 21-19 to secure a place in the semi-finals.

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    • Visit Carnegiecentre.com for the latest news, rankings, and tournament updates.
  2. Who is the current World No. 1 in Women’s Singles badminton?

    • The current World No. 1 in Women’s Singles badminton is Wang Yihan.
  3. Which players are representing China in the Li-Ning China Open?

    • Several Chinese players are representing their country in the Li-Ning China Open, including Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui, Chen Long, Chen Jin, and many more.
  4. Who are the favorites to win the Men’s Doubles title?

    • The new Korean pair of Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun, after their recent victory at the French Open, is considered one of the favorites to win the Men’s Doubles title.
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Conclusion

The Li-Ning China Open has been a fascinating tournament so far, with several thrilling matches and surprising upsets. Juliane Schenk’s brilliant performance and victory over Wang Yihan have caught the attention of badminton enthusiasts worldwide. As the tournament progresses, fans eagerly await the remaining matches in Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for the latest updates and exclusive content, ensuring you never miss a beat in the world of badminton.

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