Taiwanese duo advance to Taipei Open men’s doubles final

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA)-Taiwan’s Chen Hung-ling (陳宏麟) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) whipped their Thai opponents to advance to the men’s doubles final of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2018 on Saturday.

Chen and Wang, the top seeds in the tournament, beat Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit 21-16, 21-10 in a match that lasted only 32 minutes.

Speaking after their victory, Chen said he and Wang were able to take the offensive and make their opponents chase every shot, eventually wearing them down.

On Sunday, Chen and Wang will face another Taiwanese duo — Liao Min-chun (廖敏竣) and Su Ching-heng (蘇敬恒).

Asked how they feel having to go up against their own countrymen in the final, Wang said he and Chen will just do their best. “At least the championship trophy will stay in Taiwan,” Chen added.

In mixed doubles, Taiwan’s Yang Po-hsuan (楊博軒) and Wu Ti-jung (吳玓蓉) overcame the Malaysian duo of Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei 12-21, 21-18, 21-12 to give themselves a chance at becoming the first Taiwanese pair to win the tournament’s mixed doubles title.

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles event, top seed Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) of Taiwan also cruised past Malaysian rival Soniia Cheah 21-16, 21-19 to advance to the final on Sunday.

Chou Tien-chen (周天成), on the other hand, will not have a chance to defend his men’s singles title after being knocked out by world No. 60 Lee Zii-jia of Malaysia 17-21, 21-14, 24-22 in another semifinal match Saturday.

After the match, Chou said Lee played really well offensively and admitted to having a hard time getting an edge on his opponent. Despite the loss, the Taiwanese said he will not look back and continue to work toward the next tournament.