Chou Tien-Chen looks to ride momentum into Chinese Taipei Open

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Chou Tien-Chen is very likely to win the Chinese Taipei Open. (photo: AFP)
Chou Tien-Chen is very likely to win the Chinese Taipei Open. (photo: AFP)

Taipei: Chou Tien-Chen’s success at Korea Open has motivated him to seize the momentum to win his third consecutive Chinese Taipei Open title when he plays at the BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament at home on Wednesday.

The 2018 Chinese Taipei Open will take place at Taipei Arena in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei from Oct 2 to Oct 7 and offered a total prize money of USD $500,000.

Chou, who was seeded No. 1, has been drawn in the same half as Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia. The Taiwanese will face Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the opener, and could potentially take on Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Malaysia’s Daren Liew and Chong Wei Feng are in the bottom of the men’s draw. Liew could find himself up against former World No. 2 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark as early as the quarter-finals, while No. 8 seed Chong could meet compatriot Leong Jun Hao in a second-round battle.

In the absence of other big guns, Taiwan’s World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying who was also the 2012 and 2016 winner of Chinese Taipei Open, opens against Vietnam’s Vu Thi Trang (B). Barring any upsets, Tai who withdrew from the 2017 edition, should be able to regain the women’s title.

Due to the hectic 2018 badminton schedule, most of the top badminton players including Kento Momota, Viktor Axelsen, Lin Dan, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo have decided to skip the 2018 Chinese Taipei Open.

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