Sport Digest, September 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 2:31am

Li, Zheng and Peng to compete in Japan

China's Li Na will play in Japan in the coming week, despite athletes from both countries pulling out of tournaments over tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, organisers said yesterday. Li will be joined by compatriots Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai at the US$2.17-million Pan Pacific Open, which starts tomorrow. "They are coming," a tournament official said of the trio. "We have not heard otherwise." The WTA tournament comes as ties between China and Japan have deteriorated markedly over the Diaoyu Islands. Japanese rugby, cycling and table tennis teams have dropped plans to compete in China over fears for their safety, and Chinese players withdrew from this week's badminton Japan Open in Tokyo over the row. AFP


Hu reaches second Super Series semi-final

High-flying Hu Yun reached his second Super Series semi-final in a week after beating Nguyen Tien Minh in the Japan Open badminton men's singles in Tokyo yesterday. The unseeded Hu, who upset second seed Peter Gade of Denmark in the opening round, won 2-0 (24-22, 21-15) against the eighth seed Vietnamese player. Hu, who lost to world No3 Chen Long in last week's China Masters final, will play Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand today. In women's doubles, Hong Kong's Poon Lok-yan and Tse Ying-suet also reached the last four with a 2-1 win over Yonemoto Koharu and Yuriko Miki of Japan. Chan Kin-wa


Veteran golfer Fujita leads on home soil

Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Fujita grabbed the second-round lead at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open on home soil yesterday but had Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan in hot pursuit. Fujita carded a three-under-par 68 for a one-shot lead over Pagunsan, Australian Darren Beck and Japan's Koumei Oda at Higashi Hirono Golf Club. AFP