Defending champ Chen into semis, Chinese men's shuttlers all out at BWF Fuzhou China Open

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-08 22:33:48|Editor: yan
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FUZHOU, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Chen Yufei of China powered into women's singles semifinal at BWF Fuzhou China Open, shrugging off Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand 21-15, 21-13 here on Friday.

The Chinese men's shuttlers experienced a lackluster day as Lu Guangzu and Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen both being ousted in quarterfinals, with no Chinese mainland players advancing to men's singles and doubles last four.

Chen, who withdrew from Denmark Open semifinal due to ankle injury last month, had a strong comeback performance on home soil as she controlled the whole match, sealing the win in 37 minutes.

"It was a relatively easy win for me. She didn't play fast enough as I was well prepared," said the 21-year-old, who will take on Michelle Li of Canada for a final berth.

The other Chinese women's singles shuttler He Bingjiao lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games 21-12, 21-11, while top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei routed Kim Ga Eun from South Korea 21-15, 11-21, 21-13.

In men's singles action, Lu, who saw off Rio Olympic champion Chen Long in Chinese derby on Thursday, was knocked out by No. 2 seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 21-18.

World No. 1 Kento Momota from Japan involved in a grueling three-game battle before eliminating Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-18, 12-21, 21-16 to clinch 12 straight wins in their head-to-head record.

Chinese men's pair Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen failed to book their place in the semifinal as they were beaten by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty of India 21-19, 21-15.

"Our combination, tactics and stability need to be improved in the future," Li said afterwards

In addition, Chinese mixed pair Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dongping and women's duo Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan all marched into next round.