China stays on course for the ninth mixed team title
Eight-time champions cruised into the semi-finals to stay on course for their ninth Badminton Asia Junior Championships Mixed Team title after strolling past Singapore 3-0 in the quarter-finals at the Suzhou Olympics Sports Centre in Suzhou, China on Monday.
In the semi-finals later today (4 pm) the mighty Chinese will face Thailand who had to go the full distance before they could subdue last year's runners-up Japan 3-2.
Top seeds Indonesia will take on Korea, the 2017 champions. Indonesia strolled to a 3-0 win over fifth seeds India while the Koreans snuffed out Singapore by a similar margin.
"We may be the defending champions but winning the title for the ninth time is left to be seen. Every match is difficult," China coach Wang Wei.
"Playing China is never easy. We had to play five tough matches against Japan and will be the least rested team. After coming this far we will do our best against China," Thailand coach Udom Luangphetcharaporn.
"So far so good. I am pleased with the team's overall performance but much will depend on well we do in the singles if the tie is decided over five matches," Kim Hak Yun, Korea coach.
"This is the semi-finals which could go either way. It will be a 50--50 chance for us to reach the final. The Koreans have their own strength," Indonesia team manager David Yedija Pohan.
China 3 Hong Kong China 0
Feng Yan Zhe-Lin Fang Ling beat Ko Shing Hei-Yeung Oui Lam 21-8, 21-17
Liu Liang beat Jason Gunawan 21-13, 21-19
Dai Wang beat Happy Serena Cheng Sin Yan 21-19, 21-17
Korea 3 Singapore 0
Ki Dong Ju-Lee Eun Ji beat Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong-Ong Xi Qing 21-17, 21-9
Park Sang Yong beat Nigel Yap Zhe Ming 21-14, 21-15
Lee So Yul beat Insyirah Khan 21-18, 21-23, 21-19
Indonesia 3 India 0
Leo Rolly Carnando-Indah Cahya Sari Jamil beat Tanisha Crasto-K. Sathish Kumar 21-15, 21-18
Bobby Setiabudi beat Meiraba Luwang 21-17, 15-21, 21-11
Putri Kusuma Wardani beat Malvika Bansod 22-20, 21-7
Thailand 3 Japan 2
Kunlavut Vitidsarn beat Riku Hatano 21-4, 21-14
Pittayaporn Chaiwan beat Riko Gunji 21-13, 21-15
Thanawin Madee-Ratchapol Makkasasithorn lost to Yoshifumi Fujisawa-Kakeru Kumagai 15-21, 17-21
Benyapa Aimsaard-Peeraya Khantaruangsakul lost to Rui Hirokami-Mizuki Otake 21-19, 15-21, 21-23
Phittayaporn Chaiwan-Kunlavut Vitidsarn beat Tsubasa Kawamura-Hinata Suzkuki 21-13, 21-12