It was the Chinese legend Chen Long avenged his loss to last season’s Semi Finals versus World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the Quarter-Finals at the BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China.
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Chen took nearly an hour to oust the Dane in straight sets. He won 21-19, 2-11.
Starting with an early lead of 4-0, the 35 year-old Chen with deceptions and accurate baseline judgements, mastered the rallies using all his experience over the 24-year-old to secure the win in the opening game.
In the second match, Chen never let Viktor to his reach and maintained the enormous gap until the highest point.
The third seed chinese Shi Yuqi entered Semi-Finals after losing the match of three sets in the round-of-8 to Chou Tien Chen of Taipei in the match of 72 minutes.
The Chinese who were able to win the game in the opening round with a advantage of 14-11, was in the sand as his opponent dominated with 7 points straight and the game went to the final.
In the second match, Shi improved with the points increasing from 6-4 to 13-4. However, Chou still managed to beat his opponent by the score of 14-16.
Shi had a slow game with a huge gap of scores against Taipei player. However, third seeded Shi altered the gear to level the score at 16-16. Shi then took three points consecutively.
Chou might be able to score one more point before falling victim to the Chinese.What an amazing win for one of the World No. 3 . Indian Olympic winner P.V Sindhu who put on a spectacular performance against Japanese superstar Nozomi Okuhara. The long, nail-biting game lasting 58 minutes included a variety of fascinating rallies as well as cross court drop-offs with ferocious backhand strikes and skilled tricksy shots.
Sindhu’s confidence and calm on the court overpowered Nozomi’s ability to communicate and tact when the gifted champion concluded the match winning score of 21-17 21, 19. In both of the sets Nozomi was strong enough to overcome her Indian opponent, however, Sindhu’s sagacity and psyche reading proved to be a huge advantage when she was in the flow and was smart.
In Men’s Singles, Sai Praneeth played well but fell after by giving a solid run to the Japanese master Kento Momoto in a 38-minute neck-to neck match. Sai Praneeth lost the game in a 21-12, 21-12 score.
It is really a good day for Chinese Mixed Doubles players as they drafted the Quarter-Finals and had the most wins at the BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, China.
Low seeded Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui defeated both Danes Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen 21-15, 22-20 in the match that lasted for 53 minutes.
The Chinese who were trailing in the start of the opening game, with 7-11, raced for the lead with 6 straight points followed by grabbing the game into their account. The second game turned out to be a neck-to-neck encounter, which was justified from the Chinese.
In a second Mixed Doubles match, India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa take on their opponents when they fell to highest seeded Chinese Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, 17-21, 10-21 in the Quarter-Finals.
Satwik And Ashwini form the only unseeds pair left from the mixed duo competition who didn’t get the chance to come together on the court from the outset.
The runner-up at the Worlds in 2017, Zheng was in great form on the back court. Yaqiong was a ferocious player in the net. The pair of players poached effectively by mixing the pace in the back as well as at the net.
With all her experience, the Ashwini gathered herself into the game. Meanwhile, the teenager Satwik betrayed a few nerves through a few mistakes in the service area and overhits during the first game. However, as the match progressed, the junior picked up well which helped her to close the gap, ending with 17-18.
Later, service error from Satwik caused the game to be lost.
There was only one way of traffic between the top seeds who took a comfortable lead of 11-4. The Chinese couple won the match with a easy win despite Satwik’s mistakes, yet again.
In another game, the English couple Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock lost to Chinese star players Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping with 13-21, 18-21 during the match of 44 minutes.