Jan Jorgensen, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong survive scares to reach Hong Kong Open quarters

Jan Jorgensen pulls off great escape to reach the 2016 Hong Kong Open quarters. (photo: AP)

Hong Kong: Denmark’s newly crowned China Open champion Jan O Jorgensen stared defeat right in the face, saving two match points and coming back from a 18-20 deficit to beat Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 19-21, 21-13, 24-22 in the second round of Hong Kong Open on Thursday.Jan Jorgensen pulls off great escape to reach the 2016 Hong Kong Open quarters. (photo: AP)

Jorgensen will play another Hong Kong player Vincent Wong Wing Ki in the last eight.

Malaysia’s World No. 53 men’s singles player Chong Wei Feng staged a comeback from one set down to upset India’s World No. 25 H. S. Prannoy, 15-21,  21-11, 21-15 in 58 minutes to face another Indian player, Sameer Verma, who defeated Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 19-21, 21-15, 21-11.

In men’s doubles, Rio Olympics silver medalist Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong avenged their last week’s China Open first round loss to Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng of China. Goh/Tan took their time to find their elements, in the end they put on a scintillating show to oust the Chinese pair 19-21, 21-17, 21-16. The World No. 1 Malaysian pair will take on Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Rian Agung Saputro who steamrolled through fellow Indonesians and No. 8 seeds Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi 21-18, 21-16 in 33 minutes.

Malaysia’s young men’s pair Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi also held off a spirited challenge by Korea’s Kim Jae Hwan/Yoo Yeon Seong 11-21, 21-10, 21-18 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open. However, they face a tough test to win their next match, as No. 4 seeds Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen who defeated Indonesian pair Markis Kido/Hendra Aprida Gunawan are awaiting a quarter-final showdown against them.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s luck ran out in the women’s doubles competition as Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei lost 21-10, 11-21, 9-21 to third seeded Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christina Pedersen of Denmark.

In women’s singles, India’s Saina Nehwal defeated Japan’s Sayaka Sato 21-18, 9-21, 21-16 in the second round in 51 minutes. Saina, who is seeded fifth, will face Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi next.

India’s Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu also advanced to the quarter-finals after overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Ya Ching 21-10, 21-14 in 36 minutes. She will be facing Singapore’s Xiaoyu Liang in the quarter-finals.

Nehwal and Sindhu are on course to clash in the semi-finals if they win their respective quarter-final matches on Friday.


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