BWF World Championships'18 LIVE: Chinese Mixed Dominance, into Semis

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 03 Aug, 2018
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It is really a good day for the Chinese Mixed Doubles players as they scripted the Quarter-Finals with the most wins at the BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China.


Lower seeded Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui beat the Danes Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen with 21-15, 22-20 in the match that lasted for 53 minutes.


The Chinese who trailed at the first-half of the opening game with 7-11 raced towards the lead with 6 straight points followed by grabbing the game into their account. And the second game was a neck-to-neck encounter, which was justified by the Chinese.


In another Mixed Doubles match, India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa end their challenge after they lost to the top seeded Chinese Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong with 17-21, 10-21 in the Quarter-Finals.


Satwik and Ashwini are the only unseeds pair left in the mixed doubles event who were never given a chance to rally down the court from the outset.


The runner-up at the Worlds in 2017, Zheng, was in good form in the back court while Yaqiong was very aggressive at the net. The cohesive pair poached well by mixing up the pace from back and at the net.


With all her experience, Ashwini gathered herself into the game, while the teenager Satwik betrayed a few nerves with a couple of service faults and overhit smashes in the opening game. But as the match progressed, the junior picked up well which helped the senior to narrow the gap with 17-18.


Later, service error from Satwik costed the game.


There was one way traffic from the top seeds, who cruised to a slender lead of 11-4. The Chinese pair closed the game with the comfortable win from Satwik’s errors, yet again.


In another match, the English pair Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock lost to the Chinese star players Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping with 13-21, 18-21 in the match of 44 minutes.


The highlight of the match was the battle-of-smashes between the teams.



Meanwhile, Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet is the only pair from Hong-Kong remained in round-of-4 of the mixed Doubles at the tournament.


The pair outplayed the lower seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia, who gave the tough fight, with 21-12, 11-21, 21-10 in the Quarter-Finals.


Semi-Final Face-Offs


Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong vs Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui

Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet vs Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping

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