Taiwan's Chou advances to quarterfinals in Thailand Open
Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's top male badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成), ranked third in the world, cruised into the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open Thursday, after defeating Parupalli Kashyap of India 21-9, 21-14, in a 33-minute match at Bangkok's Indoor Stadium Huamark.
The victory made the 29-year-old the last surviving Taiwanese player in the competition as it entered the third day.
Earlier in the day, Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) lost to Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the men's singles, and four Taiwanese pairs in the men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles were also eliminated in the second round.
In the quarterfinals, Chou is scheduled to meet either Kenta Nishimoto of Japan or Prannoy H.S. of India, depending on the result of their match to be held later Thursday.
The 2019 Thailand Open, the 16th tournament of the 2019 Badminton World Federation World Tour, carries a total purse of US$350,000 and is being held through Aug. 4.
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