Taipei, Taiwan's Chou Tienchen needed a second consecutive marathon battle Friday to remain alive in the men's singles of one of the top badminton tournaments of the year, the Indonesia Open 2019.
The world No. 3, who is seeded fourth in Jakarta, needed 1 hour and 16 minutes an eternity in badminton to oust twotime Olympic champion and fivetime world champion Lin Dan (??) of China in a secondround match Thursday, and he found himself in another epic battle a day later.
Facing sixthseeded Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, to whom he had lost six of the seven matches they had played, Chou appeared headed for defeat again, dropping the first game 2116 and falling behind 1612 in the second game after Christie went on a 92 run.
But Chou steeled himself and ran off the next six points to take an 1816 lead, and held on to even the match.
He went on an eightpoint run in the third game to go up 134, and though Christie narrowed the gap to 1814 at one point, Chou ran off the final three points to clinch the match 1621, 2118, 2114, also in 76 minutes.
Chou will face unseeded world No. 18 Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the semifinals, whom he has beaten the three times they have played, though two of those matches have gone the distance.
The Thai may be slightly fresher, after reaching the semis with a 39minute triumph over Huang Yuxiang of China 2110, 2117.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel