In the mixed doubles quarterfinals, Lee and Yang Ching Tun beat young Chinese pair Ren Xiangyu and Zhou Chaomin 21-16 21-17; Lee returned later for his men’s doubles match with Wang Chi-Lin and duly completed a 21-10 21-17 victory over Ren and Ou Xuanyi.
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“After losing the first game and being 1-7 down in the second to coming back in the lead was the turning point,” said Kidambi.
“I gave him too many one-stroke points and there were no rallies so I thought of building rallies and fighting it out for every point and not to give any easy points.”
The Russians grabbed a close first game and were 20-19 ahead in the second before the Indonesians edged them 22-20. They carried on with the momentum to register a 19-21 22-20 21-13 result and will play Lee/Yang in the semifinals.
The top half of the draw will see Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (China) against another Indonesian pair, Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.
“I have competed against Sindhu a lot of times. She is a tough opponent. So I am a little nervous ahead of the match. I know she is an attacking player with good pace and the crowd will also get behind her. I will try my best,” – He Bingjiao, after ensuring her semifinal showdown with Pusarla V Sindhu.