Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying reaches semifinals of Taipei badminton open

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Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎)

Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) advanced to the semifinals of the US$500,000 Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2018 on Friday after defeating compatriot Sung Shuo-yun (宋碩芸).

Tai, the top-ranked women's singles badminton player in the world, routed Sung, ranked 64th in the world, in straight sets 21-6, 21-14 in a match that only lasted 25 minutes.

After the match, Tai thanked the crowd for its support after hearing constant cries of "I love you" throughout the match.

"The fans were very cute. I thank them for their love," said Tai, who described her performance at the tournament so far as "so so but still acceptable."

Tai will next face Malaysian Soniia Cheah (謝抒芽), ranked 37th in the world, on Saturday for a chance to compete the finals.

In men's singles field, Taiwanese Chou Tien-chen (周天成), ranked fourth in the world, advanced to the semifinals after beating Lee Cheuk Yiu (李卓耀) of Hong Kong in straight sets 21-19, 21-7 in a 37 minute-long match Friday.

Against the 22-year-old Lee, ranked 54th in the world, Chou said he had trouble getting used to the speed of the shuttlecock because of the explosive playing style of his opponent.

It was only when Lee began to play more conservatively that Chou was able to catch up, he said.

Lee's enthusiasm on court also got Chou more motivated during the match.

Chou will face Malaysian Lee Zii-jia, ranked 60th in the world, on Saturday for a place in the finals.

Other Taiwanese players also advance into the semifinals of the Chinese Taipei Open were Wu Ti-jung (吳玓蓉) and Yang Po-hsuan (楊博軒) in the mixed doubles draw.

Wu and Yang, ranked 24th and 92nd in mixed doubles, respectively, defeated compatriots Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) and Lee Chia-hsin (李佳馨) 17-21, 21-16, 21-19 in a match that lasted 46 minutes.

Wu and Yang will face Malaysians Chen Tang-jie and Yen Wei-peck on Saturday.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and William Yen)
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