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Expected wins and six extremely tight games in the tie between India and Indonesia when the men found the semifinalists in the team event of Asian Games. Once again Chen Long showed he is a slow player as he played the slowest match in China’s tie against Hong Kong.
China’s men were up against their neighbors from Hong Kong in their quarterfinal today and it was not a good day in the office for the Hongkongers. After one hour it was already 2-0 for China as Shi Yuqi, silver medalist from the recent World Championships in Nanjing, defeated Hong Kong’s no. 1, Ng Ka Long Angus, in straight games 21-15 21-11, and the Chinese men’s double World Champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen also only needed two games to win 21-13 21-13 against Tang Chun Man and Yeung Ming Nok.
Therefore it was uphill for Wong Wing Ki Vincent as he had to face Chen Long in the third match of the tie. The Chinese who got a little “famous” for playing the slowest matches at the World Championships needed 44 minutes to close the tie. With 21-13 21-14 he secured medals for his team as they won 3-0 against Hong Kong.
A hard day for Nepal
In the tie between Chinese Taipei and Nepal the teams had decided to start with three singles and this was also all that was needed to find a winner. With all respect for the Nepalese shuttlers, there was never really any doubt of the result.
Chou Tien Chen won 21-16 21-13 against Ratnajit Tamang, Wang Tzu Wei won 21-5 21-14 against Dipesh Dhami, and when Hsu Jen Hao closed the tie with 3-0 after 21-10 21-11 against Nabin Shrestha it was sure that Chinese Taipei will be up against China in one of tomorrow’s semifinals.
Comeback for Korea’s no. 1
Korea’s no. 1 single Son Wan Ho was back against after having to pull out of the World Championships due to injuries and he had a hard comeback as he was facing World Champion Kento Momota in Korea’s tie with Japan. In a match that lasted 46 minutes it was also the Japanese who came out on top as he brought his country in front with a 21-16 21-14 win against the Korean.
Runners-up at the World Championships, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, build onto the Japanese lead as they also only needed two games to secure a win of 21-13 21-13 against Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho. Finally Kenta Nishimoto completed the Japanese success as he closed the tie 3-0 with another two-game win against his opponent. The Japanese shuttler won 21-19 21-9 against Heo Kwang Hee and Japan is ready for the semifinals.
Six extremely tight games
Host nation Indonesia who had a bye into the quarterfinals faced India today in a tie that included many very tight games that were decided with a two-point margin only. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting opened the show against Kidambi Srikanth and the two started off very equally. First game was won by the Indonesian 23-21 and second game by the Indian 22-20. In third game however, Ginting was too strong and too fast for his opponent and he secured a 1-0 lead for his team after winning 21-10.
Second match was men’s double with “the Minions”, a.k.a. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, who were up against India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Reddy. And it should be a match of more tight games as the Indonesia duo lost first game 19-21, however managed to take second game with the same score. In third game the scenario was the same as in the first match of the tie; Gideon and Sukamuljo proved stronger than the Indians and they brought the host nation on 2-0 after winning the decisive game 21-16.
India came back into the tie though as H. S. Prannoy in yet another tight match reduced the Indonesian lead to 2-1. He did so by defeating Jonatan Christie 21-15 19-21 21-19 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes – the longest of the tie. And then it was a bit anti-climatic to see the fourth match being won in two straight games. Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto needed only 33 minutes to win 21-14 21-18 against Attri Manu and Reddy B. Sumeeth. Indonesia won 3-1 and they will play Japan in tomorrow’s second semifinal.
China-Hong Kong 3-0
Chinese Taipei-Nepal 3-0