All going to plan, as Wang makes the last eight

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 March, 2007, 12:00am

Wang Chen's progress continued in the All England Championships after she beat Saina Nehwal of India in the second round. Hong Kong's leading singles player prevailed in three sets to set up a clash with France's Pi Hongyan in the quarter-finals.

'On paper, she is a better player than Pi, and stands a very good chance to win,' said Hong Kong coach Chan Chi-choi. 'But since Wang has never made it into the semi-finals at the All England, she needs to overcome a little bit of psychological pressure.

'She [Wang] has been training well and preparing well for the All England event and I have no doubt about her form.

'However, there are no more easy matches nowadays, especially for an event like the All England. Also, the Olympic qualifiers are about to begin and players will not give up any match easily.'

Hong Kong's Ng Wei was stopped in the second round of the men's singles when he lost to Chen Jin of China 21-17, 21-18.

Top seed Lin Dan of China cruised into the quarters by beating Indonesian qualifier Simon Santoso 21-14, 21-18.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong coach Chan said his two charges - Wang and Yip Pui-yin - would not be available for the annual Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards presentation to be held on Monday. 'They will take part in the Swiss Open next week and so they will not come back to Hong Kong,' said the coach.

Both Wang and Yip are nominees for the awards. Yip, silver medallist at the Asian Games in Doha, lost in the opening round in the All England Championships.