The prime-ranked gamers in both the men’s and women’s draws are now out, right after Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying was overwhelmed previously in the working day in Nanjing by an additional Chinese.
Olympic winner Chen will enjoy Shi Yuqi in an all-Chinese semi-final following his high-course and emphatic 21-19, 21-11 victory in excess of Axelsen.
There was a instant of controversy and the to start with game was held up for two minutes as the 29-12 months-aged Chen disputed a simply call that fell in favour of the strapping Dane.
But the 24-12 months-aged planet amount 1, who has single-handedly broken Asia’s stranglehold on men’s badminton in the very last 12 months, was generally participating in capture-up.
“He was a ton far better than me right now, regrettably,” claimed Axelsen, who tossed his racquet spinning into the air right after dropping the to start with game, drawing a withering appear from the chair umpire.
“But existence goes on and I have to learn from this. He and I have had lots of fantastic matches jointly and, of course, I respect him and would like him all the very best.”
In the women’s attract, Olympic winner Carolina Marin bellowed and blustered her way into the semi-finals with a devastating victory in excess of India’s Saina Nehwal.
The 25-12 months-aged Spaniard is chasing a third planet crown and on this type could well get it. Marin plays China’s He Bingjiao in the very last four right after the sixth seed shocked Taiwan’s Tai.
Marin ruined Nehwal, who slice a demoralised figure by the conclusion of a 21-6, 21-11 mauling.
The Spaniard is significantly vocal and demonstrative on court docket, shouting or screaming in Spanish right after each winning issue and right before serving way too.
One member of the viewers took to imitating her. Asked what she was hollering, Marin replied with a giggle: “I cannot inform you!
“It is just some thing I maintain to myself. It was not a tactic towards Saina, it is some thing I do towards any opponent. I do it for myself.
“I learnt to do this some decades back, it was not some thing I did from the commencing of my career, that’s difficult due to the fact I was way too youthful. I had to learn lots of matters in my career, and this is 1 detail I learnt.”
Nehwal, a former amount 1 who seemed shell-shocked afterwards, claimed that she had no grievances about Marin’s conduct.
“The rate she is participating in at is rather great, she was really quick,” claimed Nehwal, 28, who received Commonwealth Games gold previously this 12 months.
The strongly fancied Tai tasted just a second defeat in 35 matches, a run which brought 5 titles and had manufactured her the woman to defeat in Nanjing.
But the 24-12 months-aged was sloppy at situations towards He, generating a sequence of faults at the web, heading out of the tournament in excess of 3 unpredictable online games.
China’s He emerged winner right after just underneath an hour, 21-18, 7-21, 21-13.