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After their remarkable performance at the London Olympics, China is set to showcase their dominance once again in the upcoming Li-Ning China Masters. This tournament provides them with an opportunity to secure victories in multiple categories, including Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, all of which will feature all-China matchups. However, other players such as Hu Yun from Hong Kong in the Men’s Singles category and Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan in the Men’s Doubles category will strive to prevent a complete Chinese sweep.

Hu Yun, determined to claim the Men’s crown, faces the formidable task of taking down top seed Chen Long. In the semi-finals, Hu Yun displayed his skills by comfortably defeating India’s Ajay Jayaram with a scoreline of 21-16 21-18, never allowing his opponent to threaten his victory. On the other hand, Chen Long advanced to the final without even stepping on the court, as his teammate Du Pengyu granted him a walkover.

One of the most thrilling matches of the day featured India’s PV Sindhu, a young prodigy, and China’s Jiang Yanjiao, the world No. 9. Sindhu had already surprised everyone with her victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals, and the expectations were high for her match against Yanjiao. In their previous encounter at the India Open, Sindhu had pushed her opponent to a three-game match. Once again, Sindhu did not disappoint.

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Jiang started the match strongly, exploiting her deceptive lefty flicks to catch Sindhu off-balance repeatedly. Her strategy paid off, allowing her to consistently hit winners down the flanks. However, Sindhu settled down in the second game, countering Jiang’s attacking game with precise tosses to the baseline. The match became an intense battle of wits, with Sindhu’s longer reach and powerful attacking shots constantly putting Jiang in trouble. Sindhu managed to win the second game, taking the match to a deciding game.

The decider was a closely contested affair, and although Jiang initially established a three-point lead at 15-12, Sindhu quickly caught up, leveling the scores at 19-all. However, Jiang displayed her resilience and secured the final two points, earning a spot in the finals against world No. 1 Wang Yihan. Wang had a relatively straightforward semi-final match against Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand, winning 21-13 21-9 without much trouble.

In the Doubles events, three matches went the distance. In the Mixed event, veterans Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thougthongkam gave top seeds Qiu Zihan/Tang Jinhua from China a scare but ultimately fell short, losing 21-16 19-21 21-17. In the other semi-final, third seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia were defeated by top seeds Xu Chen/Ma Jin from China, with a scoreline of 21-18 15-21 21-11.

The exciting Men’s Doubles pair, Bodin Issara/Maneepong Jongjit from Thailand, put up a strong fight but couldn’t overcome Japanese top seeds Kenichi Hayakawa/Hiroyuki Endo, losing 21-18 19-21 21-11. The Japanese duo will now face Chai Biao/Zhang Nan of China in the final.

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In the Women’s Doubles category, top seeds Bao Yixin/Zhong Qianxin will compete against their compatriots Cheng Shu/Luo Yu for the title.

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FAQs

  • What is the Li-Ning China Masters?
    The Li-Ning China Masters is a prestigious badminton tournament held in China, featuring top players from around the world.

  • Who are the favorites to win in the Men’s Singles category?
    The top seed, Chen Long, is considered the favorite in the Men’s Singles category. However, players like Hu Yun from Hong Kong also have the potential to cause upsets.

  • Are there any non-Chinese players in the Mixed Doubles finals?
    No, all the finalists in the Mixed Doubles category are from China.

Conclusion

The Li-Ning China Masters promises to be an exciting tournament, showcasing the talents of some of the best badminton players in the world. With the Chinese players dominating the competition, it will be interesting to see if any other players can rise to the challenge and disrupt their sweep. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for all the latest updates on this thrilling event.

Image source: Badmintonphoto – Yves Lacroix