KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Defending champion China and second seeds Indonesia booked their semifinal tickets after beating their respective opponents in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament at the Putra Stadium here Wednesday.
China will face either host Malaysia or European darkhorse Denmark, while Indonesia will square off with the winner of the Germany-Japan quarterfinal.
The two remaining quarterfinals will be played this evening.
Hunting for their eighth Thomas Cup title, China whipped South Korea 3-0 after beating the Koreans 4-1 yesterday in their final group preliminary.
Beijing Olympics gold medallist Lin Dan opened accounts for China, beating Park Sung Hwan 21-16, 21-15 before doubles Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng widened the lead by defeating Jung Jae Sung and Shin Baek Choel 21-11, 21-16.
World number three Chen Jin outclassed Shon Wan Ho (39) 21-15, 21-12 to rein in the winning point.
Lin Dan said Wednesday’s encounter between the Chinese and Koreans was more balanced than their group encounter yesterday.
"In the final Group A match yesterday, both sides seemed tense and did not play their normal match," he told reporters here Wednesday.
In another quarterfinal tie, Indonesia took two-and-a-half hours to confirm their semifinal berth, beating India 3-0. They also beat the Indians in the group competition Tuesday.
Athens Olympic gold medallist, Taufik Hidayat was again stretched to the rubber by Kashyap Parupalli before winning 21-12, 10-21, 21-17.
World number three doubles, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan had an easy match over Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar, winning 21-16, 21-17.
Simon Santoso sealed the victory for the Indonesians, thrashing Arvind Bhatt 21-8, 21-10.
Indonesia have won the honours 13 times, lat capturing the cup in 2002 in Guangzhou, China.