Photo credit: Tang Shi
First Lin Dan then Viktor Axelsen. Up until the quarterfinal, Anthony Ginting have had a tough draw, but has pulled through with quality performances. Today, yet another great opponent was on the other site of the net: Chen Long.
As one of the few players on the tour, Ginting has a positive head to head score against Chen Long: 4-2. On their previous encounter, he managed to beat the Chinese in straight sets 21-19, 21-11 at the Asia Games just a month ago.
The match today begun quite even. Both players followed each other well up until 18-18. Here Chen Long showed killer instinct and decided the set by taking three consecutive points: 21-18.
The second set was a thriller. Ginting got off to a big lead after the interval and was up 19-12. But in some way, Chen Long managed to equalize to 20-20. Ginting got a hold of his nerves and won the set 22-20 and brought the match into the decider.
In the third set, Ginting just demonstrated that he really is performing well at the moment. At the interval he was up by 11-7. From there the Indonesian kept his lead and won the set by 21-16.
He is now up 5-2 in head to head against Chen Long. Tomorrow he will face Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei.
Shi Yuqi and Momota ready for the semi’s
In the first men’s single quarterfinal of the day, the 2nd seed Shi Yuqi was up against 8th seed NG Ka Long Angus. As the Chinese had struggled through the two first round, the questions were if he had the freshness and stamina to pull through today. And indeed, he had.
Shi Yuqi only had to spend 35 minuttes on court, to send NG Ka Long out of the tournament. 21-17, 21-15 did the match end in a very solid performance by the Chinese.
Tomorrow he is up against Kento Momota, who outplayed Shrikanth Kidambi today. 21-9, 21-11.