Men’s Doubles defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Women’s Singles contender Chen Yufei exited the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 with injuries.
While Gideon complained of a neck injury that forced the Indonesians to withdraw before their last group match today, Chen Yufei retired in her group match against Nozomi Okuhara with a right ankle injury.
According to General Competition Regulation 16.2.5, if illness or injury prevents a player/pair from completing all the group matches, all the results of that player/pair in the group will be deleted. Retiring during a match is considered to be not completing all group matches.
Thus, Men’s Doubles Group A had three pairs left in contention – Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen; Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Denmark) and Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong (China).
As both Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Astrup/Rasmussen beat Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong, they will progress to the semifinals.
In Women’s Singles Group B, Chen Yufei’s retirement meant that Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) and Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) progressed to the semifinals. Okuhara had two wins – over Intanon and Michelle Li (Canada) – while Intanon also beat Michelle Li to clinch her place in the semifinals.