Narrow defeat for Angus Ng Ka-long signals end to Hong Kong’s hopes for a badminton medal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2016, 1:59am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2016, 10:45am

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.

"I saw his match yesterday so I think I was ready to play him," Chou added.

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.