The Danes (BWF home page) took the last Group A match 14-21 21-12 21-14 to stay alive in the tournament at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center. Three pairs – the other being Malaysia – each ended with two wins and a loss. Two will advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals. In Men’s Doubles Group B, second seeds Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan battled past the other Chinese duo, Hong Wei/Shen Ye, in a match stretching past an hour, 22-20 12-21 21-18.
Despite these disappointments, home fans had much to celebrate. Men’s Singles favourite Chen Long (left, at left) survived a mild scare from Kenichi Tago (Japan) in Group B, 21-15 14-21 21-15, while in Women’s Singles, top seed Li Xuerui and third seed Wang Shixian posted contrasting victories. Li took half hour to dismiss Sung Ji Hyun (Korea) 21-9 21-12, while Wang needed three games to withstand the challenge of Japan’s Eriko Hirose 21-15 8-21 21-15.
• Du Pengyu (right) finished his preliminary engagements with a perfect three wins out of three matches. Today the Chinese player overcame the tricky Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand), 24-22 21-23 21-8 to top Group A.
• Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei condemned Malaysian pair, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, to their third straight loss in Mixed Doubles Group B. The Chinese won 21-17 21-17.
• Muhammad Rijal/Debby Susanto surprised Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen at the Denmark Open in October, but the Danes notched their third win in Mixed Doubles Group B with a 21-16 21-16 verdict over the Indonesians.
See day's full results here.