Group 1 Quarter-finals
JAPAN vs MALAYSIA: 4-1
For the second time in two days, Malaysia lost its vital men's doubles match when the same four personnel came to blows. Japan's Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda are exceedingly good at starting at their optimum so any uninspired opponents or fluctuations in form are easily found out.
World #6 Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong knew the correct plan but weren't able to continue procuring elevated shuttles from the Japanese enough times to win the third game too, coming off 17-21, 21-16, 11-21.
In women's singles, three time SuperSeries winner Nozomi Okuhara dispatched Soniia Cheah 21-11, 21-9. Japan's world #61 Kenta Nishimoto lasted longer than his 15-21, 13-21 score suggests. It went on for 45 minutes because Nishimoto managed to address most of the signature forehand off-cross court smashes unlike recent opponents of the three times Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei.
The heavy lifting left for Malaysia's women's doubles Vivian Hoo / Woon Khe Wei was too much to bear. World #1 and Rio Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi are clearly peaking at the right time as no matter who took the helm of the fore or rear court they still remained in absolute command, 21-7, 21-14.
CHINA vs INDIA: 3-0
India's Ashwini Ponnappa / Satwicksairaj Rankireddy had stunned all their opponents at this Sudirman Cup by taking at least one game and their effect on mixed doubles world #2 Huang Yaqiong / Lu Kai was no different.
The Chinese pair attained superiority whenever Lu Kai made inroads into the front mid-court either to take charge entirely or get side by side as this positioning gave him clear striking range to test Ponnappa's smash returns. The greater number of slower thoughtful rallies in the second and third games also suited the Chinese who ultimately triumphed 16-21, 21-13, 21-16, in a match that India had levered major hopes on.
Both Rio Olympic men's singles and doubles champions representing China dismissed their opposition in straight games. India's former world #3 Srikanth Kidambi has to wait for another day to register his first victory over Chen Long as their fifth meeting turned out 16-21, 17-21.
In only their fourth international match together so far this year, Zhang Nan / Fu Haifeng were still too experienced to be troubled by the burgeoning talents of five-times International Challenge winning teenagers Chirag Shetty / Satwicksairaj Rankireddy. China's ticket into the semi-finals to meet Japan was bought by their men's doubles triumph, 21-9, 21-11.