Taiwan’s Tai, Chou, Wang reach semifinals at Korea Open

Taipei-Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (???), Chou Tien-chen (???) and Wang Tzu-wei (???) kept their hopes of winning the Korea Open badminton title alive by defeating their opponents and advancing to the semifinals in Incheon on Friday.

World No. 1 Tai won a close match against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia to advance to the women's singles semifinals.

Tai beat Tungjung 24-22, 22-20 in 32 minutes, and next faces world No. 6 Ratchanok Intanon for a spot in the final.

Meanwhile, world No. 2 Chou, who is seeded third in the tournament, beat Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 21-18, 21-9 in the men's singles quarterfinals.

The two players started aggressively, remaining neck and neck until 8-8, when Chou seized the initiative by taking the next three points.

The Taiwanese player then widened the gap with another five straight points and remained in front to close out the first game.

In the second game, Chou achieved the upper hand early on and gave his opponent no chance to rally, losing only nine points before finishing the match in 39 minutes.

In the semifinal, Chou will meet Taiwanese counterpart Wang Tzu-wei (???), who bested Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 21-10, 15-21, 21-13 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The Korea Open 2019, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super 500 event, started Tuesday at Incheon Airport Skydome and will run until Sunday. The tournament has a total purse of US$400,000.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel