【Hong Kong Badminton Open】Chen Long Withdraws due to Injury, Japanese Men’s Doubles Pair Tames Indonesian Defending Champion
The world No. 4 Chen faced Srikanth Kidambi from India, who ranked 16 places lower, today. After a consecutive losing streak of 9 points in the middle of the set, Chen gave up the first set at 13:21, before announcing his retirement from the match. The Chinese player said after the game: “My thigh has been injured, and the conditions exacerbated after an intense match against Wang Tzu Wei yesterday. I had thought about a withdrawal before today’s match, but I didn’t think it was a good idea because the Hong Kong fans wanted to watch the match and love badminton a lot. However, I simply could not continue after the first set.” Chen also said he was pretty fatigue after several tournaments in a run, and he hopes to take a break before preparation for the BWF World Tour Finals.
In Men’s Doubles, the highest ranked pair, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia, was upset by world No.7 duo Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe from Japan in a three-set thriller. After taking the first set at 21:16, the Indonesian players had the second set rendered at 14:21. Albeit having a match point in the decider, the Indonesian duo handed over the victory to Endo and Watanabe for conceding 3 points in a row. They lost the third set at 20:22, failing to win the Hong Kong title for the third consecutive year. Another Indonesian pair, No.2 seed Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, advanced to the semi-final after a straight-set win (21:11, 21:11).
More upsets happened in Women’s Doubles as well with two seeded pairs getting eliminated. Rio Olympics gold medalists and No. 4 seed, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi from Japan, conceded defeat to up-and-coming Korean pair Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin in three sets (17:21, 21:14, 17:21) after 77 minutes. Korean No. 5 seeded duo, Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, lost to their teammates, Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun, in straight sets (17: 21, 7:21).
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.