Taipei- Taiwan's world badminton No. 2 Chou Tien-chen (???) advanced to the quarter-finals of the men's singles at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019 after defeating world No. 38 Sourabh Verma of India Thursday.
Chou defeated Verma 21-12, 21-10 in straight sets in a match that lasted only 31 minutes on the third day of the tournament.
The Taiwanese player was in control for most of the match, winning 42 of the 64 rallies played.
He next faces world No. 78 June Wei Cheam of Malaysia in the quarter-finals Friday.
Chou finished third in the men's singles at the tournament last year after winning the title in 2016 and 2017.
He scored one of the biggest victories of his career when he won the Blibli Indonesia Open, a top-tier BWF Super 1000 event, in mid-July, and also won a BWF Super 500 event in Thailand last month.
The Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2019, a slightly lower-tier BWF Super 300 event, is being held Sept. 3-8 at Taipei Arena and has a total purse of US$500,000.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel