There were more shocks at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Lingshui China Masters today as only one seed progressed to tomorrow’s singles semi-finals in the Agile Arena.
A day after the demise of Chinese Taipei’s top seed Hsu Jen Hao, the second seed Daren Liew of Malaysia was beaten 21-18, 21-5 in his quarter-final against home player Lu Guangzu at the Agile Arena.
Lu is now due to meet 19-year-old compatriot Sun Feixiang, who played in the first round before top-ranked players came in, for a place in the final of this BWF Super 100 World Tour event.
Sun proceeded again today as he defeated Panji Ahmad Maulana of Indonesia 21-15, 18-21, 21-16.
On the other side of the draw, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Hsien, who knocked out his compatriot and top seed in the previous round, reached the semi-finals with a 21-14, 17-21, 21-14 win over Malaysia’s seventh seed Iskandar Zulkarnain.
He is now scheduled to meet Zulkarnain’s compatriot Wei Feng Chong, the sixth seed, who beat home player Zhou Zeqi 21-18, 21-11.
There are no seeded players in the semi-finals of the women’s singles.
Chinese Taipei’s Sung Shuo Yun, third seed, went the way of her compatriot and top seed the previous day, Chen Su Yu, as she made an early exit.
Sung – effectively top seed given the defeats of Chen and second seed Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam - was beaten 21-17, 15-21, 21-19 by South Korea’s Yu Jin Sim in the first match of the evening session/
She is now set to meet her South Korean compatriot Ga Eun Kim, who beat the Vietnamese player in the previous round and maintained her momentum as she defeated home player and seventh seed Cai Yanyan 21-19, 13-21. 21-16.
The other semi-final will be an all-Chinese affair as Li Xierui will meet Zhiyi Wang, who had a 13-21, 21-13, 21-13 win over team-mate Han Yue, conquerer of top seed Chen in the previous round.