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【Hong Kong Badminton Open】Chen Long Beats Wang Tzu Wei from Behind to Reach Quarterfinal, Enjoying to Play in Hong Kong Again

  • 2019-11-14
The third day programme of “YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2019” took place at Hong Kong Coliseum today (Nov 14). Chinese Men’s Singles player Chen Long took on Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei in the second round. Albeit losing the first set, Chen rallied from behind to tame Wang, booking a place for an encounter with Srikanth Kidambi from India in the quarterfinal.

Chen, the Rio Olympics gold medalist, faced Wang, ranked 26th in the world, today. In a nail-biting first set, both had evened the score 12 times before Wang took the set at 21:18 after scoring 3 consecutive points. After an early deficit of 10:11 in the second set, Chen took 9 straight points and grabbed the second set at 21:12 to force a decider. With an improving game, Chen was dominant in the third set and widened the lead in the middle of the decider with 5 straight points. He at last finished the game at 21:14, and advanced to the quarterfinal against Srikanth Kidambi from India.

Withdrawing in the second round from the Hong Kong Open last year due to injury, Chen came back again this year to fend off an old-time rival. As the Hong Kong leg is the second from last tournament before the BWF World Tour Finals, Chen said he is usually exhausted at this time of the year, and there is no exception this year. “I feel like my past performance in the Hong Kong Open was pretty satisfactory and I was once crowned champion here, so I particularly like to compete in Hong Kong. However, my body feels fatigue every year at this time. I have once thought about skipping the Hong Kong tournament before its start, but I have no choice because I have to fight for Olympic qualification points,” he remarked.

His opponent Wang pointed out his loss today was due to unforced errors. “I played hesitantly when I was playing with the drift, and my opponent did a good job in limiting my game. He hit the ball really well, and I was not patient enough to play my own rhythm,” Wang said.

Tickets of “YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2019” have been available for sale at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk), with the price ranging from $40 to $680. Concession tickets are available for students and senior citizens in some of the sessions.