Shuttlers from China showed their dominance Friday night when competing for semifinals slots in the ongoing Philippine Badminton Open 2009 held at the Phil Sports Arena in Pasig City, Manila.
Three of the four semifinals slots in men's singles are gained by Chinese players during Friday's quarterfinals of the 4-star tournament.
Zhou Wenlong defeated his compatriot Lu Qicheng, 21-12, 21-14; Chen Long won over Wong Wing Ki from China's Hong Kong, 21-7, 21-10 while Du Pengyu stopped compatriot Gao Huan, 21-15, 21-18.
The other slot went to Hu Yun of Hong Kong, who defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam, 21-17, 17-21, 21-17.
On the front of women's singles, all the three participants from China stepped into the semifinals.
Jiang Yanjiao crashed Filipina bet Malvinne Alcala, 21-5, 21-16, to clash with top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong.
In the other women's singles bracket, Wang Shixian will face Wang Xin after the former clipped third seed Hong Kong player Yip Pui Yin 19-21, 21-14, 21-18.
Zhou Mi is a match away from defending her crown as she won against Sachiyo Imai, 21-7, 21-10. The current world number one picked her spots well, scoring in different means.
As to mixed doubles, Chen Zhiben and Zhang Jinkang won over the Hong Kong pair of Albertus Susanto Njoto and Ng Ka Shun, 21-16, 21-18. The Chinese combination will face Muhammad Rijal and Debby Susanto of Indonesia in the semifinals.
In the other quarterfinals bracket, Qiu Zihan and Deng Yuting of China beat up Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa of Indonesia, 24-22, 8-21, 21-11.
Meanwhile, Zhang Nan/Lu Lu defeated Trikus Harjanto/Minarti Timur, 18-21, 25-23, 21-17.
In the men's doubles division, Chen Zhiben/Shen Ye defeated Fernando Kurniawan/Lingga Lie of Indonesia, 21-19, 23-21, while Sun Junjie/Tao Jiaming stopped Gan Teik Chai/Tan Bin Shen of Malaysia, 17-21, 24-22, 21-9.
(Xinhua News Agency July 4, 2009)