Lu Guangzu, Li Xuerui through to US Open quarters

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Lu Guangzu returns a shot from Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand at the 2018 US Open. (photo: AP)
Lu Guangzu returns a shot from Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand at the 2018 US Open. (photo: AP)

Fullerton: World No. 95 Lu Guangzu became the only Chinese men’s singles player left at the US Open, as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open after defeating No. 5 seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand 18-21, 22-20, 21-17 in the World Tour Super 300 tournament.

Lu will face another Thai player, the No. 4 seed Khosit Phetpradab next.

In women’s competition, the London Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui survived a stern examination by Japanese and No. 2 seed Sayaka Sato in the first set. Sato was able to level the score at 20-20 before Li staged a last-ditch escape to survive against Sato with a 22-20 win in the first set.

Li Xuerui during the women's singles second round match at US Open. (photo: AP)
Li Xuerui during the women’s singles second round match at US Open. (photo: AP)

Sato was clearly demoralized in the second set as she gave up control and lost the momentum she had in the first set to go down 9-21 to Li in the second set.

Li will meet No. 7 seed Kim Hyo Min of Korea on Friday.

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