Taiwanese badminton ace reaches India Open finals

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Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton star Chou Tien-chen (周天成) advanced to the men's singles final of the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2017 in New Delhi on Saturday, continuing his strong start to 2017.

Chou, ranked ninth in the world, upended world No. 26 Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-14 in 46 minutes to earn a berth in Sunday's final against another Dane, fourth-ranked Viktor Axelsen.

Axelsen, who has lost in the finals of the event the past two years, quickly dispatched of Ng Ka Long (伍家朗) of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-13 in 29 minutes in his semifinal match.

"Chou is playing well; I have to be ready," Axelsen said after his match.

Chou fell behind to Antonsen early in the first game and trailed 9-6 before going on a 10-3 run to pull ahead. Antonsen rallied to tie the game at 16 before Chou pulled away. He never trailed in the second game to clinch the match.

Chou has yet to drop a game in his four matches in the tournament, sustaining the momentum that has seen him win the Yonex German Open and reach the semifinals of the Yonex All England Open so far this year.

(By Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu)
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