Narrow defeat for Angus Ng Ka-long signals end to Hong Kong’s hopes for a badminton medal
Angus Ng Ka-long and Hu Yun were beaten in the last 16 of the men's singles competition on Monday to end Hong Kong’s hopes of winning a badminton medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 22-year-old Ng, ranked 20th in the world, had high hopes of challenging for a medal after beating two-time defending Olympic champion Lin Dan and his Chinese compatriot Chen Long this year.
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However, his nemesis this season, eighth-ranked South Korean Son Wan-ho, again ruined it for the Hong Kong hope with victory in two close games.
Son's 23-21, 21-17 win was his third this year over Ng, who can look forward to a bright future if he can fulfil his huge potential.
Hong Kong's other men's singles player Hu Yun, the world number 12, was unable to trouble Taiwan's seventh-ranked Chou Tien-chen, who won 21-10, 21-13 to move into the quarter-finals.
"Maybe he was a little tired so I speeded up and hit faster shuttles," Chou said of the 34-year-old Hu, eight years his senior.
"Speed was the key. He is older than me so I speeded up and he could not follow me. I attacked really effectively so many shots he could not fight back.
The two men's singles players, both of whom came through their pool matches, have been the most successful in what has generally been a disappointing campaign for the Hong Kong badminton squad at these Olympics.
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Neither the favoured mixed doubles pair of Lee Chun-hei and Chau Hoi-wah nor women’s doubles duo Tse Yuen-suet and Poon Lok-kan were able to emerge from their preliminary groups, while women’s singles player Yip Pui-yin also lost both her matches.