Olympic champion Chen Yufei wrapped up China's 3-0 victory over Indonesia in the quarter-finals of the Surdiman Cup in Suzhou ©Getty Images

Hosts China moved ominously into the semi-finals of the Badminton World Federation's Surdiman Cup as they whitewashed Indonesia 3-0 in Suzhou.

The sport's powerhouse nation has won 12 of the 17 editions of the mixed team tournament held to date, including the last two and eight of the last nine.

China first won the mixed doubles at Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre but world champions and Olympic silver medallists Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong did need to come from behind to beat Rinov Rivaldy and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 13-21, 23-21, 21-11.

Shi Yuqi then put the Chinese on the brink of the last four by winning the men's singles against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, 22-20, 21-14.

Reigning Olympic champion Chen Yufei wrapped up the best-of-five contest in the women's singles by beating Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 22-20, 21-12.

It meant the men's doubles and women's doubles did not need to be played.

Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi won a crucial doubles contest to send Japan through ©Getty Images
Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi won a crucial doubles contest to send Japan through ©Getty Images

China are now set to face Japan in the last four in a repeat of the last two finals.

The Japanese came from behind to beat Thailand 3-2 in a tie which went the distance.

Japan led after the mixed doubles as Kyohei Yamashita and Naru Shinoya saw off Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 19-21, 23-21, 21-13.

But Pornpawee Chochuwong defeated world champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 19-21, 21-17, 21-11 in the women's singles to level things up.

Thailand went in front when Kunlavut Vitidsarn won the men's singles against Kodai Naraoka, 21-12, 21-13.

They could not finish the match though as Japan won both the men's and women's doubles to progress, putting to bed their 5-0 defeat to South Korea in the last match of the group stage.

Nimi Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida won the women's match 21-17, 20-22, 21-18 and the men's went to Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, 19-21, 21-10, 21-18 over Kittinupong Kedrent and Puavaranukroh.

Denmark suffered a blow in their 3-1 defeat to Malaysia as reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen limped out of his men's singles clash with a hamstring injury, with the score 4-4 in the first game against Zii Jia Lee.

The retirement put the Danes 2-0 down in the tie as Tang Jie Chen and Ee Wei Toh had already won the mixed doubles, 15-21, 21-14, 21-7 over Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Bøje.

Mia Blichfeldt gave Denmark hope by winning the women's singles 21-14, 15-21, 21-19 over Jin Wei Goh, but Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh won the men's doubles 21-17, 21-16 against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen to wrap up the match.

Malaysia will now meet South Korea after they beat Chinese Taipei 3-1 in a tie also impacted by a retirement.

Lee Yang had to pull out of the men's doubles match which ultimately handed the Koreans victory.

Yang and Ye Hong Wei were trailing 21-19, 11-3 to Won Ho Kim and Sung Seung Na at the time of the withdrawal.

The Koreans had gone in front when Seung Jae Seo and Yu Jung Chae defeated Po-hsuan Yang and Ling Fang Hu in the mixed doubles, 21-17, 21-19.

Chou Tien-chen levelled for Chinese Taipei after beating Yun Gyu Lee 21-17, 21-16 in the men's singles but Se Young An put the Koreans on the brink by winning the women's singles 21-13, 22-20 against Tai Tzu-ying.

The semi-finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow before the final on Sunday (May 21).