Taiwan's top men's shuttler Chou Tien-chen reaches India Open quarter finals

01/19/2023 10:28 PM
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Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen. CNA file photo
Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen. CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's top male singles shuttler Chou Tien-chen (周天成) outdueled compatriot Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) in a deciding rubber on Thursday to reach the quarter finals of the India Open.

World No. 5 and fifth-seeded Chou took one hour and 34 minutes to defeat Wang 18-21, 21-17, 21-10 at the newly upgraded BWF World Tour Super 750 event, which is being held at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi, India.

The win extends Chou's head-to-head record against Wang to 10-1, stretching all the way back to the Vietnam Open Grand Prix in Ho Chih Minh in 2012. Chou next faces world No. 4 and fourth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia for a slot in the semifinals.

During the match, Chou trailed Wang for most of the first game before clawing his way back to 13-13. However, Wang won the next four points, building a cushion that helped him reach game point at 20-18, before winning the next point and the opening game.

Wang again found himself with a comfortable 13-8 lead in the second game but was unable to maintain the momentum as Chou reeled off the next six points to lead 14-13. The scores remained close with Chou ahead by one point at 18-17 before winning the next three points to force a deciding game.

In the rubber game, Chou established an early advantage by winning the first six points and steadily built on that to lead 18-8. Chou lost the next two points but rallied with a three-point run to win the match.

Meanwhile, a string of Taiwanese doubles pairings were knocked out in the second round on Thursday,

Men's doubles world No. 34 Lee Jhe-huei (李哲辉) and Yang Po-hsuan (楊博軒) were defeated by world No. 3 pairing Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia 21-15, 19-21, 19-21.

Women's doubles world No. 32 Lee Chia-hsin (李佳馨) and Teng Chun-hsun (鄧淳薫) fell to world No. 8 pairing Tan Pearly and Thinaah Muralitharan of Malaysia 14-21, 21-16, 6-21.

Taiwan mixed doubles pairing and world No. 47 Chang Ko-chi (張課琦) and Lee Chih-chen (李芷蓁) lost to French world No. 5 duo Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue 19-21, 21-19, 17-21.

Later Thursday, world No. 14 Taiwan duo Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) will take on world No. 18 South Korean pairing Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae in the men's second round for a place in the quarterfinals.

The India Open 2023, held Jan. 17-22, carries a total purse of US$900,000 and is the second stop on the BWF World Tour this year following the Malaysia Open, which concluded in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

(By William Yen)

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