BADMINTON/Taiwan badminton ace Chou reaches Thailand Masters final
Bangkok, Feb. 3 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) reached the men's single final at the Thailand Masters on Saturday after winning his semi-final in straight games.
With a head-to-head record of 2-0, Chou needed just 34 minutes to dispatch Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands 21-15, 21-12.
Chou fell behind 0-3 at the beginning of the first game, but re-focused and managed to fight his way back into the match by winning nine of the next 10 points to lead 9-4. Caljouw then took five straight points to tie the score at 9-9, but Chou eventually settled better, taking the game 21-15.
In the second game, the lead changed several times, but after a tie at 5-5, Chou surged ahead and stayed there, winning the second game 21-12.
Chou told CNA after the match that he thought he performed well, adding that he remained focused and played aggressively.
He faces Singaporean second-seed Loh Kean Yew in Sunday's final.
The two have a head-to-head record of 3-3.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese shuttler Su Li-yang (蘇力揚) lost to Loh in Saturday's semifinals 14-21, 14-21.
Su said he never imagined he would reach the semifinals, and will now focus on preparing for the German Open, which starts on Feb. 27.
A Super 300 event, the Thailand Masters is taking place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4.
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