2015 Yonex-Sunrise HONG KONG Open SS : QUARTERFINALS (20th November)

Author: CLELY

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Venue : Hong Kong Coliseum, Kowloon-HKG SAR

Total prize-money : US$350,000

Tournament website : http://www.hkopenbadminton.org/

Ticketing Information : http://www.hkopenbadminton.org/31-ticketing

BWF World Superseries website : http://bwfworldsuperseries.com/tourn…ong-open/?uc=1

BWF YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/bwf

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Hong Kong time : http://www.worldtimezone.com/time/wt…ma=Find%20Time

QUARTERFINALS Order of Play (01.00pm local time, 2 court) : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/s…239&d=20151120

The underdogs steal the show, Chen-Lee showdown is on course

Massive upsets for men’s singles discipline with only two seeds left and both in the top half of the draw; top-seed Chen Long and fifth seed Chou Tien Chen. Two qualifiers, Sakai and Ginting, have played beyond expectations, displaying stellar performances here.

Olympic Champion Lin Dan’s uninspiring performances continue, this time succumbing to local youngster Angus Ka Long Ng . Another seeded player also crashing out was Kento Momota who was stunned by Indonesia new talent Anthony Ginting. China has secured one semifinal berth as Wang Zhengming will face his younger compatriot Tian Houwei, the latter overpowered defending champion Son WH yesterday. Both giant-killers Angus Ng and Ginting will take on Chinese Taipei star Chou Tien Chen and Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai respectively. Tian, Wang, Sakai and Ginting should capitalize this rare opportunity to cruise into the finals of a Superseries tournament. All badminton fans will look to the highly anticipated and mouth watering clash, Chen Long against Lee Chong Wei. Lee is riding high on confidence after his recent win over Chen Long last week at the China Open. Lee will dearly want to repeat his success to score a significant psychological impact over twice World Champion Chen.

Women’s singles hot favourite Carolina Marin has bright chance to overcome Thailand player Porntip Buranaprasertsuk. Marin displayed her superiority to eliminate Japanese talented teen Akane Yamaguchi at the last sixteen. Two close contests will present former champion Wang Yihan against familiar foe Sung Ji Hyun and last year final rematch, Tai Tzu Ying faces Nozomi Okuhara. One remaining quarterfinal tie will pit former world champion Ratchanok Intanon v recent Korea Grand Prix Gold winner Sayaka Sato, Intanon was forced to play rubber games against Mitani at second round.

Indonesian men’s doubles pairs make amends to book positive result here, defending champion Ahsan/Setiawan took revenge over China back-up pair Wang/Zhang at last sixteen and next will take on newly-crowned China Premier champion Kim GJ/Kim SR. Both Pratama/Suwardi and Gideon/Sukamuljo will be waited by heavyweight rival, reigning All England winner Boe/Mogensen and Korean dynamic duo Lee YD/Yoo YS respectively. China hopeful Chai B/Hong W will face complicated task to overcome Malaysian number one Goh VS/Tan WK who eliminated former world champion Ko SH/Shin BC yesterday.

One semifinal ticket has been ensured by Japanese women’s doubles pair through Matsutomo/Takahashi v Fukuman/Yonao. Two Korean combination at bottom half of draw, Chae YJ/Kim SY-Chang YN/Lee SH will meet tough opponent, recent Korean Superseries champion Maheswari/Polii and Chinese junior-senior partnerships Tang YT/Yu Y respectively. The big match of this stage should be the reigning Olympic Champion Tian Q/Zhao YL against Danish finest pair Pedersen/Juhl, they met twice this year in Jakarta world meet and Denmark Premier with Chinese ace won these ties.

Both China and Korea show their domination in mixed doubles last eight as they have three representatives each. The invincible Zhang/Zhao will be up against their last week China Open hurdle, Jordan/Susanto who overcame local favourites Reginald Lee CH/Chau HW last night. China-Korea encounters will see Xu/Ma against Yoo YS/Chang YN and Liu C/Bao YX challenge the much-improved Ko SH/Kim HN. One more Korea combination, Shin BC/Chae YJ are favorites to tame Japanese duo Kazuno/Kurihara.

LIVE TV (court 1, 06.30pm local time) matches :

1) Ratchanok Intanon (THA) v Sayaka Sato (JPN)
2) Angus Ng Ka Long (HKG) v Chou Tien Chen (TPE)
3) Chen Long (CHN) v Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
4) Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN) v Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
5) Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang (KOR) v Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA)