Kento Momota to play Chen Long in China Open semis

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Kento Momota is set to face Chen Long in the China Open semi-final. (photo: Xinhua)
Kento Momota is set to face Chen Long in the China Open semi-final. (photo: Xinhua)

Changzhou: Men’s singles No. 1 seed Kento Momota of Japan and Rio Olympic champion Chen Long of China have powered through to the China Open men’s semifinals respectively, while No. 2 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan has crashed out of the competition.

The Japanese World No. 1 comfortably defeated compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 21-9 on Friday and will play Chen Long, who outlasted Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-13, 21-13 in the quarter-finals.

Chen Long extended his career winning record over Ng to 4-2 after Friday’s victory.

“I played Ng in the Basel World Championships, that was an intense competition and fortunately I was able to win 2-1,” said Chen.

“I was really focused today, and managed to play well early of both sets,” added Chen.

The No. 5 seed Chen said he was eager to meet Kento Momota on Saturday.

“I have not play Momota for a long time, actually, I am quite looking forward to the semifinal match against him,” said Chen.

In another men’s singles quarter-final match, No. 2 seed Chou Tien Chen was stunned by Anders Antonsen of Denmark 17-21, 11-21.

Meanwhile, both Malaysia’s men’s doubles pairs were knocked out of the quarter-finals on Friday.

Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi put up a spirited challenge against No. 3 seeds Li Jun Hui/Liu Yu Chen of China, before going down 21-16, 20-22, 20-22. Another Malaysian pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong was knocked out by No. 1 seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia, losing 15-21, 17-21.

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