Taiwanese badminton aces advance to Denmark tourney semifinals

10/19/2019 04:55 PM
Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)/Image taken from BWF
Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)/Image taken from BWF's Facebook page

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton aces advanced to the semifinals of the women's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles at the Denmark Open in Odense Friday.

Taiwan's top badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) cruised past Japan's Aya Ohori to reach the women's singles semifinals in two straight sets, while Taiwanese Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) as well as Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) and Cheng Chi-ya (程琪雅) also advanced to the semifinals of the men's doubles and mixed doubles, respectively.

In a match that lasted only 39 minutes, world No. 1 Tai scored a 21-16, 21-12 victory over world No. 26 Ohori, another step in her mission to retain the women's singles title she clinched last year.

Prior to Friday's game, Tai had played Ohori six times without loss.

Tai will next go up against China's Chen Yufei (陳雨菲).

Meanwhile, Taiwanese duo Lu and Yang defeated the world No. 3 Chinese pairing of Li Junhui (李俊慧) and Liu Yuchen (劉雨辰) to reach the men's doubles semifinals in a 17-21, 21-14, 21-14 upset.

They will next meet World No. 1 duo Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia.

In addition, Taiwanese mixed doubles pair Wang and Cheng scored a 21-11, 16-21 and 21-18 hard fought victory over Hong Kong's Tang Chun-man (鄧俊文) and Tse Ying-suet (謝影雪).

They will next face Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia.

Also on Friday, Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen (周天成) fell short in his bid to advance to the men's singles semifinal after losing to China's Chen Long (諶龍) 17-21, 17-21.

The Denmark Open is part of the BWF World Tour Super 750 and is being held in Odense from Oct. 15-20.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao)


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