OLYMPICS/Taiwan's Chou knocked out of Tokyo Olympics with quarterfinal loss

07/31/2021 04:35 PM
To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.
Chou Tien-chen. CNA photo July 31, 2021
Chou Tien-chen. CNA photo July 31, 2021

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwan's top male badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) ended his Olympic medal bid on Saturday, when he fell to Chen Long (諶龍) of China in a tight quarterfinal match in Tokyo.

The second-seeded Chou lost 14-21, 21-9, 14-21, in a grueling 74-minute match against Chen at the Musashino Forest Plaza.

They both showed a well-stitched all-court play and remained neck-and-neck early in the first game, but Chen quickly pulled ahead, opening up with a 10-point lead, and Chou found it hard to catch up.

In the second game, the Taiwanese fought back with an early 12-point lead and went on to tie the match 1-1.

The last game started in the same fashion, with each player forcing the other to run all over the court. Chou's attack began wilting after he took a slender 13-11 lead, however, and Chen pressed home, winning the game by seven points.

With that quarterfinal loss, Chou's hopes of a medal in the Tokyo Olympics ended.

In 2014, the 31-year-old Chou became the first Taiwanese to take a men's singles title at a Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series event, when he won the French Open.

(By Ko Lin)


View All
We value your privacy.
Focus Taiwan (CNA) uses tracking technologies to provide better reading experiences, but it also respects readers' privacy. Click here to find out more about Focus Taiwan's privacy policy. When you close this window, it means you agree with this policy.