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Chen reaches Korea Open last 4

WORLD No. 1 Chen Long of China outclassed South Korea’s Son Wan-ho to reach the men’s singles semifinals of the US$600,000 Korea Open Superseries in Seoul yesterday.

After a slow start, Chen dominated the second game to close out a 25-23, 21-13 win. Chen faces world No. 4 Kento Momota of Japan, who brushed aside Hong Kong, China’s Wei Nan 21-13, 21-16.

Other semifinalists in men’s singles were Ajay Jayaram of India who had a tough match against Japan’s Sho Sasaki 21-19 16-21 21-16, and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien-chen who defeated China’s Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-19.

“I’ve had it easier against him in the past as I’ve been able to catch him with my deceptive strokes,” Jayaram said.

In women’s singles, China’s Wang Yihan stopped Japan’s Yonex Open champion Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-13, while Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi dispatched compatriot Sayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-18.

Wang Shixian earned an upset victory over her compatriot and world No. 4 Li Xuerui 10-21, 21-19, 21-10 to book an all-China semifinal against Wang Yihan.

In men’s doubles, South Korea’s world No. 1 Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong prevailed over Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa 21-15, 22-20.

Third seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark scored a one-sided win over the South Korean pair of Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol 21-13, 21-16 to make their first Superseries semifinals since April.

“Obviously it was a good match for us, it’s never an easy task to beat a home pair,” a triumphant Boe said.

China’s Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan reached the semifinals with a 21-16, 21-12 victory over Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Women’s doubles saw South Korea’s Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee ousting Danes Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-16, 21-19. But Australian Open women’s doubles champions Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting of China fell to the Korean pair of Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan 21-14, 17-21, 19-21.

Indonesian pair Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii scored an impressive 21-4, 21-18 victory over China’s Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, completing the match in 25 minutes while another Chinese duo Luo Ying and Luo Yu beat Netherlands’ Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek 21-18, 17-21, 21-10.


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