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Taiwanese advance to 2017 Macau Open badminton semifinals

2017/11/10 21:46:29

Image taken from Pai Yu-po (白馭珀) Facebook (

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Pai Yu-po (白馭珀) advanced to the women's singles semifinals of the 2017 Macau Open badminton tournament on Friday.

Pai who ranks 42nd in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, defeated Han Yue of China 21-9, 21-9 in a quarterfinal encounter to set up a semifinal battle against another Chinese, world No. 60 Zhang Yiman.

The Macau Open is a Grand Prix Gold event, a cut below the top tier Superseries tournaments, and has not attracted the top players in the game, giving players like Pai a chance to earn valuable ranking points.

The highest seed in the women's singles is Aya Ohori of Japan, ranked 15th in the world.

Taiwanese men's duo Lee Yang (李洋) and Lee Jhe-huei (李哲輝), ranked seventh in the world in men's doubles and the top seeds in Macau, also advanced to the semifinals on Friday after defeating Keiichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi of Japan 21-13, 21-16.

They will face unseeded Kim Won-ho and Seo Seung-jae of South Korea on Saturday.

The two Lees, who entered a Superseries event for the first time in October, won the men's doubles championship at the Yonex French Open 2017 in Paris last month.

(By Lee Chin-wei and William Yen)