Indonesia’s rising singles star Anthony Ginting today slayed topseed Chen Long in the quarterfinals of the Australia Open which paved the way for Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei to hang on to his No.1 world ranking.
Chong Wei regained his No.1 world ranking for the first time since his supension was lifted yesterday when BWF issued the official world rankings (the rankings are issued every Thursday).
But the Malaysian ace was in danger of losing his top billing this weekend if Chen Long went on to win in Sydney. To everybody’s surprise but certainly to Chen Long’s horror, the unlikey happened when the unseeded Anthony beat the Chinese topseed.
The world No. 31 won 21-14, 21-17 in 42 minutes to advance to the semifinals where he faces another young player from South Korea Jeon Hyeok Jin, who is ranked No. 26.
Chen Long’s exit has left the men’s singles semifinals without any seeded players. The other semis will pit Denmark’s Hans Kristian Vittinghus and K. Srikanth from India.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying advance to the semifinals but men’s doubles duo of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong crashed out.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying beat Chinese pair, Liu Yuchen-Tang Jianhua 21-15, 21-15. Kien Keat and Boon Heong, who yesterday defeated topseeds Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, bowed out tamely to Benny Angriawan-Rian Agung Saputro 21-18, 21-18.
In the men’s doubles, Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, the seventh seeds, surprised second ranked Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan of China 21-13, 21-18.
Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon, the world No.4, hopes of advancing was cut short by the seventh seeded Saina Nehwal. The Indian lass won 28-26, 21-16. Another surprise was the exit of Indonesian Open winner, Tai Tzu Ying, who crashed out at the hands of Wang Yihan today.
Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt 1-Chen Long (Chn) 21-14, 21-17
K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Heo Kwang Hee (Kor) 21-18, 21-17
Hans Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 21-14, 21-18
Jeon Hyeok Jin (Kor) bt Hu Yun (Hkg) walkover
Liu Cheng-Zheng Siwei (Chn) bt 4-Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 21-6, 21-17
7-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt 2-Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (chn) 21-13, 21-18
6-Angga Pratama-Ricky Karanda Suwardi (Ina) bt Chen Hung Ling-Wang Chi-Lin (Tai) 21-17, 21-9
Berry Angriawan-Rian Agung Saputro (Ina) bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) 21-18, 21-18
7-Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt 2-Ratchanok Inthanon (Tha) 28-26, 21-16
Sun Yu (chn) bt Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-18, 21-9
3-Li Xuerui (chn) bt 6-Wang Shixian (Chn) 21-19, 21-17
4-Wang Yihan (Chn) bt 8-Tai Tzu Ying (Tai) 21-19, 21-15
Bao Yixin-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt 1-Misaki Matsumoto-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) walkover
3-Tang Yuanting-Yu Yang (chn) bt Huang Yaqiong-Tang Jinhua (Chn) 21-10, 21-19
2-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Ina) bt Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Den) 21-12, 21-12
7-Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yonao (Jpn) bt Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won (Kor) 22-20, 21-12
7-Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Liu Yuchen-Tang Jianhua (Chn) 21-15, 21-15
8-Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt 4-Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) 21-9, 21-16
6-Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) bt Riky Widianto-Richi Puspita Dili (Ina) 21-19, 21-16
Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) 21-17, 21-12