PV Sindhu, Yamaguchi Akane, Lee Zii Jia and Jonatan Christie advance to semis at Asian Championships 2022

PV Sindhu and Lee Zii Jia have booked their spots in the last four. Who will join them in the semis? 

By Olympics.com

It's quarter-finals day at the 2022 Asian Badminton Championships in Manila on Friday (29 April).

Former world champion PV Sindhu was tested in her hard-fought 21-9, 13-21, 21-19 victory over China's He Bing Jiao, but has assured herself at least a bronze medal in this year's continental championships by advancing to the last four. It was a rematch of their bronze-medal match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021, which the Indian had won in straight games.

Next up for the world number seven is world No. 2 Yamaguchi Akane (Japan) who eliminated Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong 9-21, 21-15, 21-17.

An Se Young (South Korea) ousted Takahashi Sakaya (Japan) 21-15, 21-11 and will now face China's Wang Zhi Yi in the second semi-final. Wang defeated Wen Chi Hsu (Chinese Taipei) 21-19, 21-9.

In the men's draw, Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia made quick work of Tsuneyama Kanta (Japan) winning 21-13, 21-11 in just 36 minutes on Friday. The star shuttler is playing against China's Weng Hong Yang for a spot in the final. Weng took care of Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia) in the round of the last eight.

Jonatan Christie (Indonesia) knocked out world champion Loh Kean Yew (Singapore) 22-20, 21-21 and will now meet his countryman Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the second semi-final.

More to follow, refresh for updates.

Here is everything you need to know about the Asian Championships.

The European Championships are also taking place this week. Semi-final updates from that event featuring Carolina Marin, Viktor Axelsen, and Anders Antonsen are here.

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