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Chen Long and Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan Promoted to Top 4

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Chen Long and Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan Promoted to Top 4
2017-11-24

Chen Long and Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan Promoted to Top 4

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China team is under the spotlight of today’s (24th November) YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships. Men’s Singles seed 5 Chen Long entered top 4 after beating Lee Dong Keun of Korea 2:0. Women’s Doubles see 1 Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan reached top 4 in a tough 3 games match.

World No. 4 Cheng Long defeated Lee Hyun Il of Korea and Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei in the first 2 rounds. In the quarter finals, he played against Lee Dong Keung who ranked 43th lower. They met 4 times in the past and Chen has never lost to him. In the first game, the two were scoring back and forth. Their difference was less than 2 points. After the technical time out, they amazed the spectators by playing an over 20-shot rally until Chen smashed it out. Chen then adjusted his tactics and took the game by 21: 16.

He also took the second game easily with a 11: 5 lead. Even Lee got points due to empire’s misjudgment, Chen still manage to book his top 4 spot by 21:13.

Chen will take on Anders Antonsen of Denmark who eliminated Japanese Kazumasa Sakai by 2:0. Chen was surprised to hear that his world ranking has risen to 4th and become the China ace. He said, ‘This is a good start after my rank slide down earlier. I won’t feel any pressure. I will try my best for the Hong Kong fans tomorrow. They love badminton and are very passionate.’

In the Women’s Doubles event, China’s seed 1 Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan outplayed Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara of Japanon in a thrilling quarter final. Chen/Jia lost the first game by 17:21 during which they have never taken a lead and even once losing with a 7 points gap. They continued making mistakes at the beginning of second game and see-sawed with the Japanese who showed great interception on the net. Chen/Jia later took a 20:14 lead after the Japanese smashed their chance on the net. When everyone was expecting the China pair to take the game, the Japanese narrowed the gap to 2 points. However, they again smashed it on the net and let Chen/Jia took it by 21:18 and the third game by 21:13.

Jia said, ‘I expected to play all 3 games as the coliseum’s wind is strong. They played well in the first game and it was the first time we played against them. We reverted later luckily. I am sure it will be a tougher match when we meet next time.’ Chen gained a lot of confidence after the victory. She said she will keep it up. The two will play against Jongkolphan Kititharakul/ Rawinda Prajongja of Thailand next round. In the lower part of the draw, Huang Dong Ping/Li Wen Mei prevailed over Japanese Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto by 15:21, 21:16, 21:13. The other Chinese pair Huang Ya Qiong/Yu Xiao Han lost to Greysia Polii/ Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia.