Lee Hyun Il advances, Jan Jorgensen exits French Open

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Jan Jorgensen needs to work harder in order to get to the top of the badminton world. (photo: AFP)

Paris: Former World No. 1 and unseeded men’s singles player Lee Hyun-il of Korea has turned back the clock with an outrageously sublime display to reach the French Open semifinals.Jan Jorgensen needs to work harder in order to get to the top of the badminton world. (photo: AFP)

The current World No. 17 Lee smeared World No. 8 Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 24-22, 21-16 with an extraordinary quarter-final performance to reach his third consecutive Superseries semi-finals in a span of one month. Lee who lost to compatriot Son Wan-Ho in both Korea Open and Denmark Open semi-finals, and will clash with No. 8 seed Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong whom Lee held a 2-0 career head to head record prior to their meeting on Saturday.

Angus Ng Ka Long was also in a sizzling form when he ousted No. 3 seed Jan Jorgensen of Denmark to book a semifinal place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris. Ng coolly worked his way past Jorgensen when he came out on top 27-25 in a seesaw first set encounter. The first set loss left Jorgensen demoralized, as he pretty much allowing Ng to win the second set easily with 21-12.

Meanwhile, No. 6 seed Son Wan-Ho couldn’t make his third consecutive semi-final appearance when Hsu Jen Hao of Taiwan beat Son 6-21, 21-18, 21-14 on Friday. Hsu is set to play Shi Yuqi of China next.

In men’s doubles, last week’s Denmark Open runners-up Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet of Thailand remained on course for their first ever Superseries title when they pulled off an upset to beat the 2016 All England champions and No. 7 seeds Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia 21-14, 21-14 to set up a semi-final clash with No. 8 seeds Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi of Indonesian next.

Men’s doubles No. 2 seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark also advanced to the French Open semi-finals after a 21-16, 21-12 victory over Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura of Japan.

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