Hong Kong four into the quarters

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 November, 2008, 12:00am

Wang Chen will come up against Saina Nehwal of India after the home favourite reached the singles quarterfinals of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open yesterday.

Compatriots Zhou Mi, Yip Pui-yin and men's singles player Wong Wing-ki also made it to the last eight.

It will be the first time Wang has faced the Indian after losing to her in the second round at the Beijing Olympics in August.

'I will not regard it as a revenge match,' said Wang, who defeated Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands 21-18, 21-5 in the second round at the at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night. 'I was too eager to beat her in Beijing and I will try not to commit the same mistake this time. There will be no pressure even in front of the home crowd because I will be playing with a relaxed attitude.'

Hong Kong are sure of a semi-final berth in the women's singles as Zhou and Yip will meet in another quarters.

Zhou, who remained the world number one when the latest rankings list released yesterday, defeated Julia Wong Pei-Xian of Malaysia 2-0 while Yip upset sixth seed Xu Huaiwen of Germany by the same margin.

'We know each other so well and Zhou is a better player in terms of skills and experience,' said Yip. 'I have already realised my pre-tournament target of reaching the last eight as I am working my way to regain my best form.'

In the men's singles, Wong made it into the quarter-finals after upsetting Eric Pang of the Netherlands in straight games.

A double bronze medallist at this year's Asian junior championships, Wong, a qualifier, breezed past the Dutchman 21-11, 21-9. But the 18-year-old faces a daunting task today as he will take on 2004 Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

'He (Hidayat) is my hero and I would be happy if I can take 15 points from him,' said Wong.

Women's top seed Tine Rasmussen of Denmark, meanwhile, crashed out of the US$250,000 tournament yesterday after losing to South Korean Hwang Hye-Youn 2-1.

It was a sad day for the European powerhouse as their top men's singles player Peter Gade, back to back winner of last month's Denmark and French Super Series, suffered similar fate in the same stage.

Hwang will take on Zhu Lin of China today after the latter defeated compatriot Jiang Yanjiao 2-0.

Mind the gap

The ranking of Hong Kong's Wong Wing-ki, who faces his hero, world number nine Taufik Hidayat, next: 281