Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen into semifinals at Indonesia Masters
Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) booked a spot in the semifinals of the Indonesia Masters 2021 men's singles after registering a hard-fought victory against world No. 9 Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in Bali Friday.
The world No. 4 and fourth-seeded Chou won 21-19, 12-21, 21-18 in an hour and 3 minutes in Bali, extending his head-to-head advantage to 11-7 over the 27-year-old Ng.
Chou, who typically plays drawn out matches, will face another battle in the semifinals when he meets world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan.
The opening game in the quarterfinal match was tight throughout, with Chou having to win the last two points to break a 19-19 tie.
Ng sped ahead to gain a comfortable cushion in the second game at 11-6 and later reeled in seven consecutive points to reach 19-7. Chou saved three game points before Ng evened the match.
The decisive game was again tight, but Chou finally reached match point at 20-17, and he sealed the victory two points later.
The 2019 Indonesia Open Super-1000 champion will be looking to pick up his first title this year before the season wraps up after finishing runner-up at the French Open in October.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Olympic gold medalists Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) were knocked out of the men's doubles draw by Tokyo Olympic bronze medalists Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia 21-13, 21-15 in the quarterfinals.
The Taiwanese duo will be eyeing the two remaining tournaments in Bali in hopes of adding another title to their collection after bagging two Super 1000 Thailand Open titles, the BWF World Tour Finals 2020 in January, and Olympic gold in July.
The Super 750 Indonesia Masters has a prize purse of US$600,000 and is the first stop in the three-tournament "Indonesia Badminton Festival 2021."
The festival also includes the US$850,000 Super 1000 Indonesia Open, which will be held Nov. 23-28, and finish with the US$1.5 million BWF World Tour Finals starting Dec. 1.
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