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Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan’s thrilling victory in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals at the Dong Feng Citroen Badminton Asia Championships 2015 showcased their exceptional skills and determination.

A Nail-biting Match

The Indonesian duo, Ahsan and Setiawan, faced a tough challenge from Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan, the third seeds from China. Despite being down match points in the decider, Ahsan and Setiawan showed great resilience and saved both opportunities. They ultimately secured the victory with a score of 21-18, 11-21, 24-22 after an intense 70-minute battle.

The semi-finals will see Ahsan and Setiawan face off against another formidable Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Lu Kai. This promises to be an exciting clash between two top teams, showcasing the highest level of men’s doubles badminton.

A Battle of Endurance

The other semi-final match in the Men’s Doubles category was equally impressive. Cai Yun and Lu Kai triumphed over Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda after a grueling encounter that lasted 79 minutes. The final game was a closely contested battle, with the Japanese missing two opportunities to close it out. Eventually, Cai and Lu emerged victorious with a final score of 21-13, 17-21, 23-21.

On the opposite side of the draw, top seeds Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong from Korea secured a surprisingly easy victory over China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei, with a score of 21-10, 21-14. Another Korean pair, Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang, also advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

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Chinese Dominance in Women’s Singles

China had a successful day in Women’s Singles, with former champions Wang Yihan and Li Xuerui both earning spots in the semi-finals. Li displayed her resilience by overcoming a deficit against India’s PV Sindhu, winning the match 11-21, 21-19, 21-8. Wang Yihan, on the other hand, showcased her power and skill as she overpowered defending champion Sung Ji Hyun from Korea with a final score of 21-18, 21-15.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying caused an upset by defeating world No.1 Saina Nehwal from India in three hard-fought games, with a score of 16-21, 21-13, 21-18. Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon also had an impressive victory, dominating Korea’s Bae Yeon Ju with a final score of 21-13, 21-9.

Men’s Singles Showdown

The Men’s Singles semi-finals will be an all-China affair, featuring some of the best players in the world. Defending champion Lin Dan had a comfortable victory against Japan’s Sho Sasaki, winning with a score of 21-17, 21-13. World champion Chen Long was equally dominant, dismissing Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen with a score of 21-10, 21-11.

Young talents Wang Zhengming and Tian Houwei also displayed their skills with straight-games victories over Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng and Korea’s Son Wan Ho, respectively. Wang Zhengming will face off against Lin Dan in the semi-finals, hoping to secure his first victory against him after losing in their previous five encounters.

China’s Strong Presence in Women’s Doubles

China continues to dominate in Women’s Doubles, securing three semi-final spots. Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi will be the only team standing in their way. Matsutomo and Takahashi defeated Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan with a score of 21-14, 21-12 to advance to the semi-finals. Their next challenge will be against Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, who outgunned Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

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The second semi-final will feature Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting against Luo Ying and Luo Yu, both representing China. This promises to be an intense battle between two strong Chinese pairs, showcasing the country’s depth of talent in women’s doubles.

Mixed Doubles Thrills

In Mixed Doubles, top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei conceded a walkover to Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo. This unexpected twist sets up a clash between Hayakawa and Matsutomo and Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah, who emerged victorious in a thrilling match against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto, with a final score of 14-21, 21-15, 22-20.

The second semi-final will witness a battle between familiar foes Xu Chen and Ma Jin from China and Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir. These top pairs have faced each other numerous times, and their encounter is sure to be full of excitement and high-level badminton.

FAQs

Q: Where can I find the results of the matches?

A: For the day’s results, you can click here.

Conclusion

The Dong Feng Citroen Badminton Asia Championships 2015 has showcased exceptional talent and fierce competition in various categories. With players from different countries battling it out on the badminton court, fans around the world have been treated to thrilling matches filled with skill, determination, and passion. Visit Carnegiecentre for more badminton news and updates.

Text by Dev Sukumar | Badmintonphoto