The China Open is a Super 1000 tournament and is thus one of the season’s three most prestigious tournaments along with the All England and Indonesia Open. The three tournaments rank just below the season finale.
A great comeback in the women’s singles
Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin defeated China’s He Bing Jiao 11-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a quarterfinal match of the China Open here on Friday. Marin is returning to the court after eight months as she had the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery. She missed the BWF World Championships which concluded last month in Basel, Switzerland. In the first game, the 26-year-old Spanish lacked momentum as she gifted easy points to her opponent who clinched the game by 21-11. The other two games were won by Marin with a handy margin and with this win she booked her spot in semifinal of the tournament. “I have to control the shuttlecock a lot in the first set because of the wind,” explained Marin. “Once we changed sides, I changed my game plan against her: don’t make mistakes and do a lot of running. So she got tired. I feel I’m improving. The most important thing is that I have so much confidence in my name,” said the three-time and reigning world champion. “I don’t feel any pain, so I just want to keep improving my game.” Marin said. World No. 7 He, who rated her performance a 7 out of 10, and also gave a compliment to Marin. “She played as well as before. I could feel her patience and confidence,” she said. Marin will next face Sayaka Takahashi of Japan, who unexpectedly knocked out sixth-seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.
Ginting against Praneeth in the men’s singles
World Championships bronze medalist Sai Praneeth crashed out of the China Open after suffering 21-16, 6-21, 16-21 defeat to Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting in the quarterfinals on Friday. Praneeth, who had beaten Ginting in straight games in their latest meeting, won his first set 21-16 but the Indonesian shuttler made a remarkable comeback to win the 2nd and 3rd set and sail into the semi-finals. Sai Praneeth, unseeded in the prestigious tournament, had defeated lower-ranked local shuttler Lu Guang Zu 21-19, 21-19 to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals. World No. 15 Praneeth had opened his campaign with a three-game marathon against Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand on Wednesday. Anthony Ginting had progressed to the quarter-final after edging past Parupalli Kashyap in the Round of 16 match on Thursday. Kashyap, who had eased past Brice Leverdez on Wednesday, came up with a stiff fight only to go down 21, 23, 21-15, 12-21 to the World No. 9 in an hour and 10 minutes.
Earlier on Thursday, China Open witnessed the biggest upset so far when PV Sindhu crashed out as early as the second round. The reigning world champion had outclassed former Olympic champion Li Xuerui in straight games on Wednesday but fell to a spirited effort from World No. 15 Porpawee Chochuwong of Thailand. India’s challenge in the singles ended after Sai Praneeth’s quarter-final defeat at the hands of Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting. Earlier, last month, Sai Praneeth scripted history to become the first Indian after 36 years to win a medal at the World Championships. The 27-year-old earned plaudits for becoming only the second shuttler to win the bronze medal after Prakash Padukone last did it in 1983.
The Dane changed the statistics
The great talent Anders Antonsen is heading for another big result in his already impressive 2019 season. On Friday, he reached the semi-finals in a superior style with a victory of 21-17, 21-11 over second-seeded Chou Tien Chen from Taiwan. It took 48 minutes for Antonsen to defeat the Taiwanese for the first time in his career. Chou Tien Chen had won all five matches by Friday. Antonsen was clearly prepared to change that statistic. The Danish World Cup finalist from last month came back 0-2, but quickly got ahead 4-3 and led the rest of the set. He used a lot of power, but as so often before showed great confidence in his game. He kept the mistakes to a minimum, although the world’s number two did what he could to bring the Dane out. Despite a solid defense from Chou Tien Chen, Antonsen was ahead 16-12, and at the close of the set the Dane kept his head cold. Antonsen retained the intensity of his play at the beginning of the second set, which was on the Dane’s premises. With five points in a row, Antonsen was ahead 7-3, and by the time the Dane was in front 11-7. Chou Tien Chen continued to have a hard time reading Antonsen, who finished 13-8 and eventually earned a spot in the semi-finals. A few minutes later, the Dane also came up 17-8 as Chou Tien Chen lifted the feather ball off the field, and at the second match ball, the advancement became a reality. 22-year-old Antonsen is the last remaining Danish in the tournament. In Saturday’s semi-final, he meets seventh-seeded Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. He beat Indian Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth in three sets.
World No. 1 Momota breezed past compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-8, booking his spot in the semifinals, where he will face China’s Chen Long, who beat NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, China 21-13, 21-13 to advance.”We played before in the Basel World Championships and that was a intense competition,” the Rio Olympic champion Chen said. “I was very concentrated on the court today and I did well at the beginning of both sets.” The fifth seed Chen also expressed his expectation for the next battle, saying “I haven’t played with Momota for a long time and I am quite looking forward to it.”
Indonesia’s men’s doubles ready for the semis
Indonesia’s men’s-doubles pair Fajar Alfian/Muhamad Rian Ardianto will compete at the semi final round of the 2019 China Open, following a victory over Japan’s fourth best pair, Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on a straight set game. The Indonesian pair, finished the game at 39 minutes with scores 23-21, 22-20. However, Alfian/Ardianto still await their next opponents in the semi final, but there was a chance the pair would compete against other Indonesian top men-double players Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who are more popular and nicknamed “The Minions”. Sukamuljo and Gideon are to compete against Malaysia’s men-doubles Goh V Shem/Tan We Kiong at the quarter final. Apart from Sukamuljo and Gideon, another senior athlete from Indonesia’s men’s-doubles, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, will also play against Japan’s fifth best men-doubles pair, Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe at the 2019 China Open quarter final. Indonesia won trophies in the men-doubles category in the China Open badminton tournament in 1992, 1993, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2016, and 2017.
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