【看英文中國郵報學英文】瑞士巴塞爾羽球世錦賽開打，男單首輪我國羽球一哥周天成面對33歲的丹麥名將Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus意外陷入苦戰，激戰三局後、才驚險以21:15、17:21、21:17過關，下一場將和克羅埃西亞好手Zvonimir Durkinjak交鋒。
In his first match at the 2019 BWF World Championships held in Basel, Switzerland, Taiwan’s shuttler in men’s single Chou Tien-chen faced an uphill battle against 33-year old Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark. After overcoming the threshold and winning with a 21-15, 17-21, 21-17 victory, Chou’s next rival will be the Croatian, Zvonimir Durkinjak.
Chou’s odds remain high, with some saying the Taiwanese ace is only second to reigning world No.1, Kento Momota. At the start of his first match yesterday (Aug. 19), Chou started with a comfortable 9-point lead, and although Vittinghuis was able to close the gap, Chou closed the first set with 21-15.
However, by the second set, Vittinghus seemed to regain his footing. Coupled with Chen’s increasing faults, Vittinghus gained the upper hand and closed the set with 21-17, resulting in a draw.
Chou struggled at first during the final set, falling behind his opponent 7-8, but pushed ahead with five straight points. At 14-16, Vittinghus began losing ground as the number of faults increased. Seizing the moment, Chou closed the game 21-17 against his Danish rival.