CHANGZHOU, China, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — World No. 1s Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and An Se-young of South Korea progressed into the final eight on the badminton China Open right here on Thursday.
Olympic champion Axelsen had a difficult begin in opposition to Wang Tzu-wei of Chinese Taipei, dropping the primary sport 22-20, however regrouped himself and dominated the following video games 21-6, 21-14.
“It’s a little difficult for me to control the shuttlecock in the first game because of the wind. I’m very happy to win and my opponent played very well today,” mentioned the Dane, who will cope with seventh-seeded Loh Kean Yew of Singapore for a semifinal spot.
China’s eighth seed Shi Yuqi knocked out Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 21-11, 16-21, 21-16 to guide his quarterfinal berth, whereas one other Chinese shuttler Lu Guangzu defeated his teammate Li Shifeng 21-19, 21-12 to progress.
In the ladies’s singles, 21-year-old newly-crowned world champion An beat China’s Wang Zhiyi 21-14, 22-20 to storm into the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and China’s third seed Chen Yufei additionally progressed with straight-game victories.
Women’s doubles high seeds and defending champions Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan of China obtained previous Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam of Hong Kong, China 21-15, 21-19.
“My cough did affect my performance, but I felt better than yesterday,” admitted Chen.
In the combined doubles, top-ranked duo Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China notched a 2-0 victory over Indonesia’s Dejan Ferdinansyah and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in 34 minutes. They will subsequent tackle South Korean pair Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jung, who have been just lately topped on the 2023 BWF World Championships in Copenhagen.
Home favorites Liang Weikeng/Wang Chang and Liu Yuchen/Ou Xuanyi will meet within the males’s doubles quarterfinal after ousting their respective opponents.