Taiwan's Lee, Yang defeat defending champions in badminton tourney

09/03/2019 09:17 PM
Lee Yang (李洋, right) and Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇)
Lee Yang (李洋, right) and Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇)

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Lee Yang (李洋) and Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇) defeated defending mixed doubles champions Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami of Indonesia Tuesday on the first day of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019.

Lee and Yang, ranked 45th in the world, defeated the mixed doubles champions 21-19, 20-22, 21-19 in a match that lasted 52 minutes to progress into the round of the top 16. Presetya and Islami are ranked 29th in the world.

In the first game, Lee and Yang scored two consecutive points to break a tie at 19-19 to win the game 21-19.

The Taiwanese put up a fierce fight in the second game and managed at one time to score six consecutive points. However, they were overcome by Prasetya and Islami and lost the second set 20-22.

In the deciding third game, the Taiwanese regrouped and again scored two consecutive points with the score tied at 19-19 to win 21-19.

"After all, they were last year's champions and they also have a higher ranking than us. We tried not to think too much and just went out there to play the best we could," Lee said.

Lee also credited the win to a home court advantage.

Lee and Yang will next face the winners between Taiwan's Lin Chia-yu (林家佑) and Wang Yu-qiao (汪郁喬) and Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Winny Oktavina Kandow on Wednesday.

Lee Yang (李洋, left) and Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇)

Lee Yang (李洋, right) and Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇)

Taiwan's mixed doubles pair Wang Chi-Lin (王齊麟) and Cheng Chi Ya (程琪雅) took a drubbing at the hands of their Malaysian counterparts, top-seeded Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the first round.

Ranked No. 36 in the world for mixed doubles, Wang and Cheng lost to world No. 5's Chan and Goh 21-17, 11-21, 11-21 in a match that lasted 50 minutes.

In the first game, the Taiwanese managed to put pressure on the Malaysians by turning the tables when the score reached 13-14. Wang and Cheng held their ground to fire back and won the game 21-17.

However in the second game, Chan and Goh were able to find their rhythm and pin down the Taiwanese duo for the remainder of the match. Wang and Cheng lost the second and third games 11-21.

The Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019, held Sept. 3-8 at the Taipei Arena carries a total purse of US$500,000.

Wang Chi-Lin (王齊麟, right) and Cheng Chi Ya (程琪雅)

Wang Chi-Lin (王齊麟, left) and Cheng Chi Ya (程琪雅)

Lee Yang (李洋, left),Yang Ching Tun (楊景惇, second left), Chan Peng Soon (right), and Goh Liu Ying (second right)

(By Huang Chiao-wen and William Yen)


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