Li Xuerui took her time

Li Xuerui (CHN)[7] beat Sayaka Takahashi (JPN) 22-20, 18-21, 21-18

London Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui took her own time to adjust to Sayaka Takahashi’s greater agility especially on changing the direction of smashes.

Once accustomed to the pattern of offence, Li began reeling Takahashi backwards and forwards from the net using deep lifts. Every time the Japanese was forced to end the point lying on the floor from exhaustion, unable to touch the last shuttle, the crowd applauded for the sentimental Chinese favourite is returning to her best post knee surgery.