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Two Taiwanese advance to Singapore Open badminton semis

2018/07/20 22:49:39

Singapore, July 20 (CNA) Two Taiwanese badminton players advanced to the men's singles semifinals at the 2018 Singapore Open on Friday, including top-seeded Chou Tien-chen (周天成).

Chou, currently ranked seventh in the world, and one of only two top 10 players appearing in either the men's or women's singles draw in Singapore, got past eight-seeded South Korean Lee Hyun Il 21-18, 21-6 in his quarterfinal Friday.

He raced out to a 15-7 lead in the opening game, but Lee fought back to take a 17-16 lead and put the Taiwanese top seed under pressure.

Chou won two of the next three points to knot the score at 18 and ran off the last three points to win the game. He ran away with the second game to clinch the match in 32 minutes.

In another quarterfinal match, Taiwan's Hsu Jen-hao (許仁豪), ranked 41st in the world, got past 34th-ranked Huang Yuxiang of China 21-15, 6-21, 21-16.

Hsu attributed his win to being more patient than his Chinese rival.

On Saturday, Chou will face world no. 38 Qiao Bin from China, while Hsu will take on world no. 73 Nguyen Tien Minh from Vietnam for a spot in the final.

In the women's draw, Taiwan's Chen Su-yu (陳肅諭) fell in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand 25-23, 21-16, after failing to convert three game points in the first game.

The Singapore Open is a BWF World Tour Super 500 event and has a total purse of US$355,000.

(By Huang Tzu-chiang and Romulo Huang)