# Malaysian ace defeats Korea’s world number two Wan-ho
# Faces Chinese youngster Shi Yuqi in semis
# Yew Sin-Wee Kiong fall in men’s doubles
Datuk Lee Chong Wei staged an extraordinary recovery in the second game to seal a 21-11, 21-12 victory over South Korean world number two Son Wan-ho in 37 minutes to march into the semi-finals in the Hong Kong Open superseries on Friday.
The 35-year-old Malaysian – a four-time winner in Hong Kong – seeded number eight, crushed the Korean hope once he got into rhythm after being 3-11 down in the second game, reeling off 18 of the 19 points to shock his second seeded opponent.
For a place in the final the Malaysian will face Chinese youngster Shi Yuqi, who came back from a game down to defeat five-times world champion and compatriot Lin Dan 13-21, 21-17, 21-15 in 62-minutes.
Lin Dan was a first round casualty in last week’s Tahoe China Open Superseries Premier in Fuzhou – losing to Indonesian youngster Christie Jonatan 19-21, 16-21.
Rio Olympics champion and last week’s China Open winner Chen Long defeated Korean Lee Dong Keun 21-16, 21-13 to advance to the semi-finals in Hong Kong. Chen Long, will face Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the semi-finals. The Dane defeated Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 21-15, 21-13.
Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles came to an end with the defeat of Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong. The Malaysians went down to world number one and top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in straight games 14-21, 17-21. The Indonesians retained their China Open title last week. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH
QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS (SELECTED)
Chen Long (Chn) beat Lee Dong Keun (Kor) 21-16, 21-13
Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-11, 21-12
Anders Antonsen (Den) beat Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) 21-15, 21-13
Shi Yuqi (Chn) beat Lin Dan (Chn) 13-21, 21-17, 21-15
Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) beat Mohammad Ahsan-Rian Agung Saputro (Ina) 21-17, 21-13
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) beat Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-14, 21-17
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 24-22, 21-11
Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) beat Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) 21-18, 21-15
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Chen Yufei (Chn) 21-15, 23-21
Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) beat Michelle Li (Can) 21-14, 21-16
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-12, 21-19
Sung Ju-hyun (Kor) beat He Bongjiao (Chn) 21-15, 13-21, 21-15
Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) 17-21, 21-18, 21-13
Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) beat Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) 21-12, 21-19
Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) beat Huang Yaqiong-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) 19-21, 21-11, 21-16
Huang Dongping-Li Wenmei (Chn) beat Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) 15-21, 21-16, 21-13