Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari finally overcame Chinese rivals Yu Yang and Tang Yuanting as big names continued to fall on quarter-finals day at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) India Open at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.
The Chinese duo have proved troublesome opponents for the world’s top ranked women’s doubles pair, who have lost each of their last five encounters.
The Indonesian defence proved too strong today, though, as the Polii and Maheswari won 21-19, 21-12 over the fifth seeds in 52 minutes in a tournament that is part of the BWF World Superseries.
“We learnt from our mistakes in the earlier matches,” said Polii.
“We just controlled everything, our emotions and feelings.
“We’ve always challenged the Chinese, so we don’t think this win is special, but it will make us more confident for the future.”
They are now due to face Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan for a place in the final after they overcame Dutch duo Selena Piek and Eefje Muskens, 21-16, 21-17.
The tournament has proved notable for its shocks so far, with London 2012 finalists Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei each crashing out of the men’s singles yesterday.
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen cruised into the semi-finals in their absence, overpowering Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 21-17, 21-12.
His next opponent is scheduled to be South Korea’s Son Wan Ho, a 21-11, 13-21, 21-8 winner over Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto.
China’s Xue Song overcame Germany’s Marc Zweibler 16-21, 21-13, 21-14 to secure a place in the other semi-final and Japan’s Kento Momota enjoyed a swift 21-8, 21-9 victory over Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
Home hopes rest on the shoulders of Saina Nehwal, who battled to a 19-21, 21-14, 21-19 women’s singles victory over South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun.
South Korea gained revenge on the host country after Bae Yeon Ju beat India's Sindhu Pusarla 15-21, 21-15, 21-15 in one of the other quarter-finals.
Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon also survived a Taiwanese onslaught to beat Tai Tzu Ying, 12-21, 21-14, 22-20 and Li Xuerui won an all-Chinese battle against Wang Shixian, 22-20 12-21 21-17.