Hong Kong Open: Carolina Marin, Chen Long advance to semis

Carolina Marin cruisese into Hong Kong Open semi-final

Hong Kong: The fifth seed Carolina Marin of Spain, outclassed Tee Jing Yi in the women’s singles quarter-final at the Hong Kong Open, winning 21-8, 21-17 and move a step closer to the semi-final on Saturday.

Marin won the first set easily, but Tee was giving Marin a run for the money in the second set before conceded to a more aggressive Marin in 27 minutes.Carolina Marin cruisese into Hong Kong Open semi-final

“I was having difficulty in coping with the vicious attacks from Carolina, she was too fast, and obviously I still need more work to improve my game performance,” said Jing Yi.

The 21-year-old reigning world champion from Spain will face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final. However, last Sunday’s China Open women’s singles champion Saina Nehwal of India was eliminated by Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying with a 15-21, 19-21 defeat in another quarter-final tie that lasted 39 minutes.

Top seed Chen Long of China dominated Japan’s Takuma Ueda 21-16,21-11 in the men’s singles quarter-final match to set up a clash with K. Srikanth of India in the semi-final. K. Srikanth continued his rampaging run at the tournament with a 21-14,21-15 win over Hong Kong’s Wei. Son Wan Ho from Korea and Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark will feature in the other semi-final on Saturday.

Here are the rest of Hong Kong Open semi-final matchups on Saturday:

Men’s doubles:
Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark) vs Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Japan) vs Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (China)

Women’s doubles:
Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) vs Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Indonesia)
Luo Ying-Luo Yu (China) vs Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (China)

Mixed doubles:
Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (China) vs Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (England)
Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (China) vs Xu Chen-Ma Jin (China)



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