Humiliated again: China’s Lin Dan falls to Hong Kong giantkiller Angus Ng
The 21-year-old, ranked number 22 in the world, stuns two-time Olympic champion in straight games, advancing to the quarter-finals
Hong Kong humiliated “Big Brother” China again, as unseeded badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long knocked two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan out of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open last night.
Just a couple of days after Hong Kong held China to a 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifying match at Mong Kok Stadium, the 21-year-old Ng wrapped up his match against the third-seeded mainlander 21-8, 21-18 in the US$350,000 tournament at the Coliseum in Hung Hom in 33 minutes.
“Having said that, I have to pay tribute to Ng as he is very quick on the court with good reflexes.”
Ng, who won the Bitburger Open in Germany earlier this month after beating compatriot Wong Wing-ki in the final, was delighted with the victory in front of many friends and family members.
“They all came to support me and I am very happy with my performance,” said Ng, who is the only player among the hosts to reach the quarter-finals.
“I had a good match today, but there is still plenty of room for improvement such as my attack, as it is not powerful enough.
“I still have a long way to go and will just do my best in every game I come across without thinking too much.”
Four Hong Kong men’s singles players are chasing Olympic qualifying spots. Ng still has a long way to go to catch up to teammates Hu Yun, Wei Nan and Wong, who all have a better world rankings than the youngster.
Ng faces another tough test today taking on fifth seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan in the quarter-finals. But the match of the day will certainly be the clash between world No 1 Chen Long of China and Malaysian Lee Chong Wei.
They meet again just five days after their China Open final in Fuzhou, where Lee claimed the title with a 21-15, 21-11 win.
China’s Chen, who is gunning for his seventh major title of the year, swept aside Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 19-21, 21-8, 21-13.
“Overall I am satisfied even though the first set took a moment to find my rhythm. Overall it was good,” said Chen.
an eight-month doping ban this year, silencing those sceptical of the veteran’s chances to qualify for the Olympics to fight for a so-far elusive gold medal.
China’s Tian Houwei also went through when he beat defending champion Son Wan-Ho of South Korea 21-13, 21-17.
In the women’s singles, reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain halted her match against rising star Akane Yamaguchi of Japan for treatment on her left ankle.
But the top seed overcame the pain to snatch a 21-19, 21-8 victory.
“She is a good player. It was a tough match. She always fights until the shuttle is on the floor. So that’s why the first set was very close,” Marin said of her teenage opponent.
Joining Marin in the quarter-finals will be defending champion Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan, who will meet Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a repeat of the final last year when Tai prevailed after two games.