Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen was in the end too clinical for the master Lin Dan as the fourth seed prevailed in three hard-fought games in their round of 16 clash at BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 earlier today.
Billed as the match of the morning session, the pair did not disappoint exchanging a flurry of rallies in front of a vociferous Jakarta crowd.
Match of the Session
Chou’s superior power was visible in both games as he seemed to hold a slight advantage throughout over the two-time Olympic champion.
It was an intense opening game with a handful of contentious line calls (in the absence of Hawkeye) that rattled both players. Chou said post-match: “Nothing was going right. But I just had to calm myself, do my best and push [my opponent].”
Against Lin Dan’s best efforts, Chou was able to close out the first game 24-22.
Lin Dan, yet to add an Indonesia Open title to his long list of achievements, would rue three missed chances at 20-19, 21-20 and 22-21 to close out the first game.
Like all great champions, the 35-year-old Chinese responded with renewed vigor and completed a series of stunning winners at the back end of the second game to draw level at 1-1.
The ebbs and flows continued in the decider as both players looked to gain the edge. It was Chou, however, that was the more forceful and moved to an 11-8 lead at the mid-game break.
With age on his side, Chou was able to maintain that gap and extend it further to close it out 21-13 in the third.
Chou, who had won the last two outings between the pair, acknowledged that Lin Dan had done his homework ahead of this clash.
“The last two times I won. So, this time I think he did a lot of preparation. I just tried my best today,” he said.
“The shuttlecock was very slow, so there was a lot of running. I had to focus a lot.”
So Close, Yet So Far
Tunjung claimed the first game 21-13 to send whispers around the arena. At mid-way through the second game, it looked like the upset was still on the cards.
But the seasoned Intanton was able to regain composure and eventually overpowered the Indonesian 21-15 in the third to progress.
Intanon said of her opponent: “Today she (Tunjung) was faster than before but in the second and third game she was up and down a bit and her control of the shuttle was not the same as at the beginning of the match.”
Intanon now faces world No. 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying in a blockbuster quarterfinal.
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