TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) was knocked out of the YONEX German Open 2019 on yesterday, after losing to Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 15-21, 21-18, 16-21 in the men’s singles semi-finals.
Before Sunday’s match, which lasted 67 minutes, World No. 3 Chou had faced World No. 11 Nishimoto three times, with Chou prevailing each time.
With Chou’s knockout on Sunday, his hopes of clinching his third men’s singles title at the tournament were dashed.
In the finals, Nishimoto will play world champion Kento Momota, also of Japan.
The YONEX German Open, a Super 300 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour, carries a purse of US$150,000.
By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao