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Three world champions faced unexpected defeats in the quarter-finals of the Yonex French Open 2013, causing massive upsets in the badminton world. Let’s dive into the exciting matches that unfolded during this tournament.

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli’s Stumbling Block

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, the Women’s Doubles No. 1 unit from China, had maintained an incredible winning streak against non-Chinese pairs since January 2012, spanning over two and a half years. However, their unbeaten run came to an end in a thrilling match against the Indonesian duo, Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari. Despite facing a 15-19 deficit and two match points, Polii and Maheswari displayed exceptional skills and determination, eventually securing a remarkable victory with a score of 21-17, 14-21, 23-21.

Ratchanok Intanon’s Tough Battle

Ratchanok Intanon, the Women’s Singles World champion from Thailand, also experienced a challenging quarter-final match against the seventh seed, Wang Shixian of China. Intanon struggled in the first game, as Wang cleverly employed cross-court shots to catch her off-guard. However, Intanon regrouped in the second game, utilizing her deceptive shots and half-smashes to stay competitive. Despite a valiant effort, Intanon couldn’t clinch the match, and Wang Shixian emerged victorious with a score of 21-10, 22-20.

Reigning World Champions Bid Farewell

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The reigning World champions and third seeds in the Mixed Doubles category, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia, faced a surprising defeat against Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White from England. Ahmad and Natsir committed a series of errors, and their opponents capitalized on these mistakes, securing a convincing win with a score of 22-20, 21-17.

More Upsets in Women’s Doubles

Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, the second seeds in Women’s Doubles from Denmark, also suffered an unexpected loss in the quarter-finals. Despite having five game points, they failed to force a deciding game and were defeated by the Korean duo, Jang Ye Na and Kim So Young, with a score of 21-19, 25-23.

Shocking Defeat for Denmark Open Champions

The Men’s Doubles category witnessed yet another shocking upset as the recent Denmark Open champions, Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong from Korea, were defeated by the low-profile Malaysian duo of Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong. The Malaysians dismantled the newly-paired Koreans with a swift victory in just 33 minutes, ending the match with a score of 21-13, 21-10.


In Women’s Singles, Scottish player Kirsty Gilmour put up a fierce fight against Bae Yeon Ju from Korea. Although Gilmour lost with a score of 19-21, 21-14, 21-15, she showcased an impressive campaign throughout the tournament. Bae advances to the semi-finals, where she will face Wang Shixian. Additionally, defending champion Minatsu Mitani from Japan surrendered her crown to the in-form Porntip Buranaprasertsuk from Thailand, who won with a score of 18-21, 21-12, 21-16. Buranaprasertsuk will face Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the other semi-final.

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In Men’s Singles, Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark continued his dominance over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka from Indonesia. Jorgensen secured his fourth win against Rumbaka, maintaining a clean slate with a score of 21-19, 21-13. His next opponent will be Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk from Thailand. The top seed, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, will compete against Kenichi Tago from Japan in the other semi-final.


Q: Were there any other surprising results in the Yonex French Open 2013?
A: Yes, there were several unexpected outcomes in the tournament, including Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli’s defeat and the departure of other reigning champions.

Q: Who were the eventual winners of the Yonex French Open 2013?
A: To find out the winners of the Yonex French Open 2013, visit the official Carnegiecentre website here.


The Yonex French Open 2013 quarter-finals delivered an exhilarating display of badminton, with multiple world champions facing unexpected defeats. The tournament showcased the high level of competition and the unpredictable nature of the sport. To stay updated on the latest badminton news, visit the Carnegiecentre website here.