Taiwan's Tai, Chou advance at Singapore Open
Singapore, April 11 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton stars Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) and Chou Tien-chen (周天成) advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2019 Singapore Open, after easy wins Thursday.
In the women's singles event, world No. 1 Tai defeated Chen Xiaoxin (陳曉欣) of China, 34th in the world rankings, in two straight games, 21-15 and 21-18; while Chou beat Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark 21-18 and 21-10.
Tai, who won the women's singles at the 2019 Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur last week, dominated Chen from the opening, taking a 7-0 lead and never looking back.
In the second game, Tai took an early 5-1 and withstood a late rally from Chen to secure the win.
After yesterday's three-game victory, Tai said in a post-match interview that she found her touch today.
Meanwhile, Chou, last year' men's singles champion, told CNA that patience and good tactics were key to his victory.
Tai next faces Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea and Chou meets Sameer Verma from India on Friday.
The 2019 Singapore Open, which takes place from April 9-14 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, is a World Tour Super 500 event under the Badminton World Federation (BWF), with total prize money of US$355,000.
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