Chen Emerges After Hard Battle – China Open: Day 3

Third seed Chen Yu Fei survived a difficult second round against fast-improving Korean teen An Se Young to enter the quarterfinals of the VICTOR China Open 2019 today.

An Se Young was impressive despite losing to Chen Yu Fei.

The battle between the 17-year-old Korean and the 21-year-old Chinese was expected to be hard-fought, and it turned out exactly that way, with An staging a gritty fightback from 8-15 down in the opening game. She saved two game points to win the first, and it was neck-and-neck until the second game interval, after which Chen gradually pulled away.

An Se Young continued to resist in the third, building a 10-6 lead, but Chen then found her momentum, winning the next 12 of 13 points to effectively put it beyond her younger opponent.

“I played reasonably well at the start of the match, but my form dipped in the closing stages of the match. I need to improve in this area,” said An, while her opponent said she had upped the pace in the third game.

“My overall performance was average. My speed at the start was a bit slow and I made more errors in the long rallies, particularly in the first game when I was leading. An defended well and that forced many errors from me,” said Chen, complimenting her opponent.

Gronya/Setyana Fall Short

Australian women’s doubles duo Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa enjoyed a great start against sixth seeds Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, taking the opening game rather comfortably. They stood their ground until late in the second game, but the Koreans shot past them at the end with five straight points, and then it was one-way traffic for Lee and Shin as they closed it out: 15-21 21-16 21-10.

Lee So Hee (left) and Shin Seung Chan.

Another favoured pair, seventh seeds Du Yue and Li Yin Hui, also had trouble against relative lightweight opponents, Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai. The Canadians had two game points in the second, but the Chinese were steady at the end and sealed the match 21-15 23-21.

Match of the Session

All three previous matches between Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Lai Jemie and England’s Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith have been close affairs. Their second round clash today was yet another thriller, with the Malaysians edging ahead 18-21 21-17 22-20.

The England duo saved the first match point with Ellis correctly anticipating Goh’s serve down the middle, but in turn, his opponent also guessed his flick serve and won a second match point. Lai then made no mistake with a tight serve helping them close out the match on the 71st minute.

Other Results

  • World Championships silver medallists Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai battled back after a first game loss to beat Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich, 19-21 21-10 21-11.
  • Men’s singles eighth seed Anders Antonsen eased past compatriot Rasmus Gemke, 21-11 21-15; in the quarterfinals Antonsen faces second seed Chou Tien Chen, who made his way past China’s Huang Yu Xiang, 21-19 21-18.
  • Women’s singles sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon blew away another local hope, Chen Xiao Xin, in 40 minutes: 21-14 21-11.

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