Wang and Yip reach semi-finals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 April, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong's Wang Chen and Yip Pui-yin lived up to expectations, reaching the semi-finals in the women's singles at the Asian championships in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, yesterday. Wang, the top seed, had little difficulty overcoming Kaori Imabeppu of Japan 21-13, 21-9, while third seed Yip also advanced to the last four at the expense of another Japanese shuttler, Yu Hirayama, winning 22-20, 21-8. Wang, who lifted the title in 2005 and 2006, faces Jiang Yanjiao of China for a place in the final while Yip's next hurdle is Wang Lin, also from China.