Taiwanese duo into semifinals at World Badminton Championships

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Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟, left) and Wang 
Chi-lin (王齊麟, right) / photo taken from BWF World Championships website (bwfworldchampionships.com)

Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟, left) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟, right) / photo taken from BWF World Championships website (bwfworldchampionships.com)

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Taiwanese Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) beat Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko from Japan on Friday to advance to the men's doubles semifinals at the 2018 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships in Nanjing, China.

The Taiwanese pair, ranked 15th in the world, defeated their seventh-ranked opponents 21-11, 17-21, 21-13 in one hour and nine minutes.

They reached the quarterfinals by upsetting third seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogenson of Denmark 21-19, 21-10 on Thursday, and will face the fifth-seeded Japanese duo Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda on Saturday for a spot in the final.

The Japanese reached the semifinals after knocking off the top-seeded Indonesian duo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-19, 21-12.

In Chen and Wang's match Friday, they jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start of the match and rode that momentum to take the first game.

After losing the second game, they fought back in the third to build an 11-4 lead and never allowed the advantage to fall below six points before clinching the match.

Chen told Apple Daily that the key to the victory was the team's ability to defend and its familiarity with its opponents.

Wang said they were more consistent than their Japanese adversaries and were able to play the shots they wanted and control the points, according to Apple Daily.

Chen and Wang were the only Taiwanese to make it to the semifinals of the World Championships.

Women's singles world no. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) was upset in her quarterfinal match by sixth seed He Bingjiao of China 21-18, 7-21, 21-13, while seventh seed Chou Tien-chen (周天成) lost a heartbreaker in the men's singles to third seed Shi Yuqi of China.

After splitting the first two games with Shi, Chou grabbed a 16-10 lead in the decider before losing 11 of the last 13 points and the match 16-21, 21-15, 21-18.

The BWF World Championships are being held July 30 to Aug. 5 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in China.

(By Lee Chin-wei and William Yen)

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