Thursday, 23 May 2024

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The OUE Singapore Open witnessed an incredible comeback by world No. 1 Li Xuerui. Despite being two points away from defeat, Li fought her way into the quarter-finals, defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani. After losing the first game and trailing 15-19 in the second, Li displayed her resilience and emerged victorious with a remarkable 17-21 21-19 21-12 win. As the reigning Olympic champion, Li’s triumph showcases her determination and skill.

With a morale-boosting win under her belt and the absence of her compatriot Wang Shixian, Li is eager to make further progress in the tournament. However, she will face tough competition from Wang Yihan, Sung Ji Hyun, Bae Yeon Ju, Ratchanok Intanon, Tai Tzu Ying, and PV Sindhu, all of whom have also advanced to the quarter-finals. Sindhu, in particular, added to Japan’s disappointment by defeating Shizuka Uchida 21-17 17-21 21-16.

Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun, who reached the Women’s Doubles final in New Delhi, were unable to replicate their success as they were defeated by Chinese twins Luo Ying and Luo Yu. The Chinese duo secured a convincing victory with a score of 21-12 21-14. Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua also advanced to the quarter-finals, aiming for their ninth title in 11 events. In an intense match against Cheng Wen Hsing and Hsieh Pei Chen of Chinese Taipei, Bao and Tang prevailed with a score of 25-23 21-19. The quarter-finals also feature top seeds Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, and two Japanese pairs: Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, and Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda.

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In the Men’s Singles category, India’s Kidambi Srikanth overcame Vietnam’s top competitor, Nguyen Tien Minh, with a score of 18-21 21-15 21-8. Srikanth’s dominance grew as the match progressed, leading to a convincing victory in the third game. Sai Praneeth, another Indian player, also had a successful outing against local campaigner Derek Wong, winning with a score of 24-22 21-19. The Men’s Singles competition features players from seven different countries, including world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

The Men’s Doubles top seeds and world No. 1 pair, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, continued their winning streak after their All England triumph. They comfortably defeated Alwin Francis and Arun Vishnu from India with a score of 21-17 24-22. Unfortunately, Japan’s second-seeded pair Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa faced a tough battle against China’s Chai Baio and Hong Wei, eventually losing with a score of 21-14 10-21 21-19.

Malaysia’s Goh Liu Ying made a mixed doubles comeback but was unable to make it past Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin of China. Liu and Bao secured victory with a score of 21-17 12-21 21-12. The mixed doubles category is headlined by top seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia and No. 2 seeds Xu Chen and Ma Jin from China. Other pairs such as Yoo Yeon Seong and Jang Ye Na, as well as Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na from Korea, are also strong contenders.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • India’s Kidambi Srikanth defeats Nguyen Tien Minh in Men’s Singles.
  • Top seed and Men’s Doubles world No. 1 pair, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, continue their winning streak.
  • Goh Liu Ying’s Mixed Doubles comeback for Malaysia falls short against Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin of China.

In Summary, the OUE Singapore Open showcased thrilling matches and incredible comebacks. Li Xuerui’s determination and resilience allowed her to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. The tournament also witnessed intense battles in the Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles categories. The top-ranked players and seeded pairs proved their dominance, but surprises were also seen as underdogs fought their way to victory. As the competition progresses, fans eagerly await the thrilling matches yet to come. Stay tuned for more excitement and exceptional badminton skill.

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