Taiwanese duo into semifinals at Japan Open Badminton

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton players Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) beat their South Korean opponents Friday to advance to the men's doubles semifinals at the 2018 Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.

The Taiwanese pair, ranked 11th in the world, defeated the 29th-ranked South Korean duo of Seo Seung Jae and Kim Won Ho 21-17, 21-19 in a match that lasted 40 minutes.

Before Friday's match, the Taiwanese pair was ousted by the South Korean duo in the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in August.

Chen and Wang were the only Taiwanese players to make it to the quarterfinals this year. The two pairs fought a seesaw battle in the opening game, with the South Korean duo leading 16-12 before being tied at 17-17. The Taiwanese then scored four points to claim victory 21-17.

In the second game, the Taiwanese tied the game 4-4 before falling behind 13-18 to the South Koreans before coming back and securing the win.

Chen and Wang will meet China's Li Junhui (李俊慧) and Liu Yuchen (劉雨辰), ranked second in the world, in the semifinal on Saturday.

The Japan Open, part of the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament with a total purse of US$700,000, is taking place Tokyo Sept. 11-16.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and CNA intern Wang Szu-chi)
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