# Chong Wei to meet Tian Houwei in quarter-finals
# Olympic champion Chen Long falls in the second round
# European hope, second seed Jorgensen also dumped
# Malaysia’s men’s doubles and mixed doubles alive in Birmingham
By Rizal Abdullah
Three-time champion Malaysia’s world No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei, the top seed reached the quarter-finals of the Yonex All-England Badminton Championships after a 21-18, 21-18 win over Taiwan’s Wang Tzu-wei in the second round.
The 34-year-old Malaysian faces a Chinese hurdle in Tian Houwwei for a place in the semi-finals. Houwei outplayed India’s H.S. Prannoy 21-13, 21-5 in his second round match,
Chong Wei, who is probably playing his last All-England, won the prestigious title in 2010, 2011 and 2014. While aiming for his fourth title in Birmingham, Chong Wei’s main target this year is the World Championships in Glasgow in August.
Malaysia also celebrated quarter-final berths in the men’s doubles through world No 1 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and the mixed doubles through Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying. Both pairs won the silver medal in the Rio Olympics last year.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, the top seeds, beat China’s Liu Xiaolong-Xu Chen 21-12, 21-16 in the second round. They face another Chinese pair Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen who stopped Thailand’s Bodin Isara-Nipitphon Phuangphupet 21-18, 21-18.
Sixth seeds Peng Soon-Liu Ying came back from a set down to win 9-21, 23-21, 21-17 against Zhang Nan-Li Yunhui for a place in the last eight. It was also sweet revenge for the Malaysian who had lost to the Chinese in the quarter-finals in last week’s German Open.
Their quarter-final opponents are giant killers Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China who upstaged compatriots and No 1 seeds Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen, the World Superseries Finals champions. The qualifiers won 24-22, 21-15,
However, it was the end of the road for Malaysia’s second ranked mixed doubles pair of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing. They lost 15-21, 9-21 to Koreans Yoo Yeon-seong-Kim Ha-na.
Japan’s unseeded Kazumasa Sakai of Japan crushed Denmark’s second seed Jan O Jorgensen 21-16, 21-19 while Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk pulled off the biggest upset when he stunned Olympic champion Chen Long of China 21-16, 21-19 in 50 minutes.
SELECTED RESULTS (SINGLES)
Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) 21-18, 21-18
Tian Houwei (Chn) beat H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 21-13, 21-5
Viktor Axelsen (Den) beat Zhao Junpeng (Chn) 21-10, 21-11
Shi Yuqi (Chn) beat Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 21-16, 21-14
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) beat Chen Long (Chn) 21-16, 21-19
Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) beat Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-16, 21-13
Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) beat Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 21-13, 21-11
Lin Dan (Chn) beat Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 21-16, 21-11
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 27-25, 21-11
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine (Ina) 21-12, 21-4
Saina Nehwal (Ind) beat Fabriene Deprez (Ger) 21-18, 21-10
Sun Yu (Chn) beat Chen Yufei (Chn) 21-15, 21-14
Carolina Marin (Spn) beat He Bingjiao (Chn) 15-21, 21-19, 21-10
Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) beat Hsu Ya Ching (Tpe) 21-14, 21-15
Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Yip Pui Yin (Hkg) 15-21, 21-16, 21-9
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Liu Xiaolong-Xu Chen (Chn) 21-12, 21-16
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Bodin Isara-Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (Tha) 21-18, 21-18
Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) beat Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 17-21, 21-12, 21-17
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) beat Zhang Nan-Li Yunhui (Chn) 9-21, 23-21, 21-17
Yoo Yeon-seong-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-15, 21-9