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Day 3 of the BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2019 showcased an array of talented badminton players, setting the stage for an exciting night of quarterfinals on Friday.

Lin Dan, the Defending Champion, in Stellar Form

Defending champion Lin Dan continues to impress, displaying exceptional form in his second-round match against Sai Praneeth of India. With a stunning 21-12, 21-12 victory, Lin Dan now prepares for an enticing showdown against top seed Anthony Ginting from Indonesia, who secured a dominant win against Chang Wei Feng.

Lee Hyun Il’s Farewell

In what may be his final appearance in New Zealand, former world No.1 Lee Hyun Il faced a tough defeat against Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong. The 39-year-old Korean player lost 21-16, 21-9, bidding farewell to the tournament.

Akane Yamaguchi was too strong for Wei Yaxin.
Akane Yamaguchi was too strong for Wei Yaxin.

Akane Yamaguchi Shines in Women’s Singles

Japanese player Akane Yamaguchi, the top seed in the women’s singles category, delivered a commanding performance, defeating her opponent Wei Yaxin from China in straight games (21-11, 21-16). Reflecting on her victory, Yamaguchi expressed confidence in her upcoming matches, aiming to showcase even better play.

Beiwen Zhang Faces Challenges

USA’s Beiwen Zhang faced a tough battle against Chiang Ying Li from Chinese Taipei in the quest for a spot in the quarterfinals. Zhang acknowledged the difficulties she encountered and expressed a determination to improve her game throughout the tournament.

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Fierce Competition in Women’s Doubles

The women’s doubles competition brings together the top 10 ranked combinations in search of valuable Olympic ranking points. Notably, sixth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto from Japan, as well as eighth seeds Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva from Bulgaria, have been eliminated from the competition.

Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Showdown

In the men’s doubles category, three Malaysian and three Japanese combinations have advanced to the quarterfinals, with top seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda demonstrating their strong form.

Meanwhile, in mixed doubles, the young New Zealand pair Edward Lau and Alyssa Tagle showcased their skills against second seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia, putting up a commendable fight despite their 21-17, 21-15 loss.

FAQs

Q: Where is the BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2019 held?

A: The tournament takes place in New Zealand.

Q: Who is the defending champion in the men’s singles category?

A: Lin Dan is the defending champion.

Q: How many Japanese combinations have made it to the quarterfinals in the men’s doubles?

A: Three Japanese combinations have secured spots in the quarterfinals.

Conclusion

Day 3 of the BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2019 showcased exceptional badminton talent. With thrilling matches and surprising results, the tournament continues to captivate fans worldwide. Stay tuned for more intense action in the upcoming quarterfinals. For more information about the tournament and to stay updated with all the latest badminton news, visit Carnegiecentre.

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