Taiwanese player Cheng Shao-chieh cruised into the top eight in the women’s singles at the World Badminton Championships in Paris Thursday.
Cheng beat her eighth-seeded German opponent Juliane Schenk 21-13, 21-19, after losing to Schenk in the first set 19-21. Cheng successfully defended her title in the women’s singles at the Yonex Badminton Open in Taipei Aug. 8.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Hsueh Hsuan-yi went through to the men’s singles quarterfinals Thursday after trouncing his Thai challenger Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-11.
Hsueh will meet fourth-seeded Chen Jin of China in his upcoming quarterfinal match.
Taiwan’s Fang Chieh-min and Lee Sheng-mu breezed into the quarterfinals in the men’s doubles, while Cheng Wen-Hsing and Chien Yu-chin made the women’s doubles top eight at the world’s most prestigious badminton championships that opened at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium Aug. 23.
Cheng and Chien finished off their rivals from the Netherlands 21-14, 21-15 in a match that lasted just 26 minutes. Fang and Lee, meanwhile, took 32 minutes to beat their Japanese opponents 21-19, 21-12.
Taiwan’s mixed doubles team of Chien Yu-chin and Lee Sheng-mu also achieved success, beating their South Korean rivals Yong Dae Lee and Hyo Jung Lee 21-17, 22-20.