Taiwan's Tai, Chou reach semifinals of Fuzhou Open - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan's Tai, Chou reach semifinals of Fuzhou Open

Tai Tzu-ying (photo courtesy of Badmintonphoto)
Tai Tzu-ying (photo courtesy of Badmintonphoto)

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) Taiwan badminton aces Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) and Chou Tien-chen (周天成) both advanced to the semifinals of their respective events at the Fuzhou Open on Friday.

Tai, ranked second in the world, won her women's singles quarterfinal clash against South Korea's Kim Ga Eun 21-15, 11-21, 21-13 in 52 minutes.

In previous rounds, Tai had defeated Carolina Marin of Spain and Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia before Friday's win.

Marin had whipped Tai in the semifinals of the Yonex French Open at the end of October, but she was not feeling well on Tuesday and retired from the match while tailing 21-16, 13-1.

In the semifinals, Tai will face world No. 1 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, an opponent she has defeated in straight games the two times they have played this year, most recently in Denmark in mid-October.

In men's singles, Chou, also ranked second in the world, edged past Lu Guangzu (陸光祖) of China 21-17, 21-18 in a 55-minute match that saw several lead changes.

Chou will face world No. 5 Anders Antonsen of Denmark for a spot in the final and will hope for revenge after Antonsen beat him soundly in September at the Victor China Open.

Prior to that match, the Taiwanese had won their previous five encounters dating back to March 2017.

The Fuzhou China Open, which is part of the BWF World Tour Super 750, kicked off earlier Tuesday and will run until Nov. 10. It carries a total purse of US$700,000.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Emerson Lim)


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