Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

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Women’s Doubles is a fiercely competitive event in China, but the quarter-finals of the Li-Ning Singapore Open proved to be surprising. Two high-profile pairs, third seeds Ma Jin/Tang Jinhua and last week’s Djarum Indonesia Open winners Cheng Shu/Bao Yixin (7), were eliminated from the tournament. Ma and Tang had an intense match against Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth/Rizki Amelia Pradipta from Indonesia. It was a thrilling contest that lasted for 78 minutes, with the Indonesian duo eventually prevailing 21-19 18-21 24-22. On the other hand, Cheng/Bao were outplayed by the crafty Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi. Matsutomo and Takahashi showcased brilliant tactics, dismantling the superior attacking game of the lanky Chinese. The Japanese duo cleverly maneuvered the shuttle around, depriving the Chinese pair of opportunities to launch their attacks. Cheng and Bao became frustrated, losing 11 consecutive points in the first game. Although the second game was closer, the Japanese maintained their lead and emerged as 21-9 21-18 winners.

Despite these upsets, China still has Olympic champions Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei in the semi-finals, keeping their hopes alive in the Women’s Doubles category.

In Women’s Singles, the second seed Saina Nehwal experienced another setback in her recent inconsistent form. She was defeated by an inspired Lindaweni Fanetri from Indonesia in a hard-fought match, with the final score of 17-21 21-13 21-13. Fanetri will be the sole non-Chinese player in the semi-finals, alongside Yu Sun (qualifier), Wang Yihan (4), and Li Xuerui (1). Yu Sun, who had already caused an upset by defeating defending champion Juliane Schenk in the second round, continued her impressive performance by dismissing Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei with a score of 21-17 21-11.

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In the Men’s Singles, defending champion Boonsak Ponsana secured a spot in the semi-finals comfortably. The veteran Thai player showcased his mastery of the game against Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng. Although the Malaysian threatened to take the second game with a 19-18 lead, Ponsana closed it out with a final score of 21-10 21-19. Ponsana’s opponent in the semi-finals will be the talented Takuma Ueda from Japan.


  • Germany’s Marc Zwiebler, who had previously survived two marathon matches in the first two rounds, finally ran out of steam in the quarter-finals against Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh (6). Zwiebler fought valiantly in the first game, closing a 15-18 deficit, but Tien Minh managed to edge past him and take the game 23-21. Tien Minh was leading 11-8 in the second game when Zwiebler retired from the match.

  • The Mixed Doubles final on Sunday will feature a showdown between pairs from Korea and Indonesia. Two pairs from each country will face their teammates in the semi-finals. The Indonesian duo Praveen Jordan/Vita Marissa will compete against the All England champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir. The other semi-final will see Korean pairs Shin Baek Choel/Jang Ye Na and Yoo Yeon Seong/Eom Hye Won battling it out for a spot in the final.

  • In Men’s Doubles, the winners of the Indonesia Open, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, had a smooth victory over second seeds Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan with a score of 21-15 23-21. Ahsan and Setiawan will once again face Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng from China, whom they had defeated on their way to winning the Indonesia Open last week.

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1. Who were the high-profile exits in the Women’s Doubles event at the Li-Ning Singapore Open?

Third seeds Ma Jin/Tang Jinhua and last week’s Djarum Indonesia Open winners Cheng Shu/Bao Yixin (7) exited the tournament.

2. Who were the winners of the Women’s Doubles quarter-finals matches?

Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth/Rizki Amelia Pradipta from Indonesia defeated Ma Jin/Tang Jinhua, while Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi from Japan outplayed Cheng Shu/Bao Yixin.

3. Who is the only non-Chinese player in the semi-finals of the Women’s Singles event?

Lindaweni Fanetri from Indonesia.

4. Which players will be competing in the Men’s Singles semi-finals?

Defending champion Boonsak Ponsana and Takuma Ueda from Japan.

5. Which countries’ pairs will face each other in the Mixed Doubles final?

Korea and Indonesia will have representatives in the Mixed Doubles final. Praveen Jordan/Vita Marissa from Indonesia will compete against Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, while Shin Baek Choel/Jang Ye Na and Yoo Yeon Seong/Eom Hye Won from Korea will battle it out in the other semi-final.

6. Which pair will Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan face in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals?

They will face Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng from China.


The quarter-finals of the Li-Ning Singapore Open provided fans with thrilling badminton matches and unexpected outcomes. High-profile pairs were eliminated from the tournament, creating an exciting atmosphere for the upcoming semi-finals. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for the latest updates and analysis of the badminton world.

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