Updated: 09/14/2013 05:29 | By Agence France-Presse

Li Xuerui through to China Masters semis

Chinese badminton superstar Li Xuerui booked a place in the semi-finals of the China Masters on Friday after beating Gu Juan of Singapore 21-10, 22-20.


Li Xuerui through to China Masters semis

Li Xuerui of China returns a shot against Gu Juan of Singapore during the women's singles event of the 2013 China Masters in Changzhou on September 13, 2013.

World number one Li will meet Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, who outplayed Han Li from China to enter her first Superseries semi-final after almost a year.

The other women's singles semi-finalists are Japanese Sayaka Takahashi, who edged past Yao Xue from China 21-16 22-20, and China's Liu Xin, who was handed a walkover by compatriot Suo Di.

In the men's singles quarter-finals, sixth-seeded Dane Jan O Jorgensen sealed his place in the semis after being pushed to three games by World Junior Champion Kento Momota, eventually winning 21-17, 17-21, 21-6.

He will now take on China's Wang Zhengming while the other semi-final will be played between Korean qualifier Son Wan-Ho and Japan's Sho Sasaki.

In the women's doubles, the hosts grabbed three semi-final spots. China's young pair Ou Dongni and Tang Yuanting overpowered number three seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-17, 22-20 to continue their dream run.

China's Ma Jin and Tang Jinhua, and compatriots Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang are also in the final four.

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