Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen reaches final eight at China Open

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Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) advanced to the final eight of the men's singles at the 2018 China Open Thursday after defeating Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-14, 21-11 in straight sets.

In a match that lasted just 27 minutes, Chou maintained a 15-14 lead in the first set and scored six consecutive points to finish the set 21-14.

He then took a commanding 6-0 at the beginning of the second set and went on to win 21-11.

Chou had defeated Wangchareoen previously, at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in August.

Meanwhile, in the women's singles on Wednesday, world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) of Taiwan was upset by unseeded Gao Fangjie of China, who won the first round 21-17, 21-16.

In other competitions, Taiwanese Lee Yang (李洋) and Lee Jhe-huei (李哲輝) crashed out in the men's doubles, as did Hsu Ya-ching (許雅晴) and Wu Ti-jung (吳玓蓉) in the women's doubles. Chou and the men's doubles pair Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) were the only Taiwanese still in competition.

The China Open, with US$1 million in prize money, is one of the BWF World Tour Super 1,000 events.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao)
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