Monday, 22 Jul 2024

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A showcase of impressive performances was witnessed at the Singapore Badminton Open 2018. From a Men’s Singles veteran delivering a vintage performance to a fledgling Mixed Doubles pair making their first Tour semi-final, the quarter-finals showcased a mix of experience and talent. Let’s delve into the highlights of this afternoon’s matches.

Nguyen Tien Minh Shines in Men’s Singles

In a remarkable display, Nguyen Tien Minh rolled back the years and secured a convincing victory against Ihsan Maulana Mustofa. Nguyen’s combination of slick racket skills, sharp attacks, and deft touches around the net left his Indonesian opponent with no answers. With a 21-15, 21-15 triumph, the 35-year-old Vietnamese player advanced to the men’s solo semi-finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Nguyen will now face Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei for a spot in the final. Jen Hao outlasted China’s Huang Yuxiang in a thrilling encounter (21-15, 6-21, 21-16).

Expressing his happiness, Nguyen remarked, “I played very well. I haven’t played in Singapore for a long time but, whenever I do, I perform quite well.” While being thrilled about reaching the semi-finals of the Super 500 event, Nguyen remains relaxed about the prospects of progressing further. He acknowledges his age and the need to balance training and enjoyment. However, his strong performance in the tournament has left him feeling fit and hopeful of winning.

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Exciting Battles in Men’s Singles Semi-Finals

The other Men’s Singles semi-final will witness a clash between top seed Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei and Qiao Bin. Chou faced an early challenge from Korea’s Lee Hyun Il but ultimately emerged victorious (21-18, 21-6). Qiao, on the other hand, defeated Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng in a hard-fought match (21-14, 21-18). These semi-finals guarantee intense competition and fierce battles.

Isabel Herttrich and Carla Nelte Triumph in Women’s Doubles

Germany’s Isabel Herttrich and Carla Nelte made a remarkable comeback after blowing a 17-12 lead in the home stretch. They defeated Ng Tsz Yau/Yuen Sin Ying of Hong Kong in straight games (21-15, 23-21). This victory brought smiles back to their team-mates’ faces, considering their squad had lost all its other second-round fixtures. Herttrich expressed her delight, stating, “After yesterday, this feels very good. We’re happy to be in the semi-finals at this level. We’ll try to keep going.” The German duo will now face Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida of Japan in the semi-finals.

Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals to Showcase Chinese and Indonesian Pairs

The Men’s Doubles semi-finals promise a showdown between China and Indonesia. Experienced partners Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan overcame their young Thai rivals, Tinn Isriyanet/Kittisak Namdash, securing a victory with a score of 21-19, 21-19. This win guaranteed Indonesia a spot in Sunday’s final. Additionally, Angga Pratama/Rian Agung Saputro advanced to the semi-finals earlier via walkover. On the other side of the draw, two promising Chinese pairs, Ou Xuanyi/Ren Xiangyu and Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong, will compete for the chance to reach the finale.

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Indonesian Rivals Clash in Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals

The Mixed Doubles semi-finals will witness an all-Indonesian battle between Tontow Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir and Akbar Bintang Cahyono/Winny Oktavina Kandow. The top seeds and world No.1 stars, Ahmad and Natsir, swept past Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah with a score of 21-16, 21-15. Shortly after, Cahyono/Kandow defeated Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun/Chen Hsiao Huan in just 25 minutes (21-10, 21-13). This impressive rout marks the young Indonesians’ first appearance in a Tour semi-final, and they are excited to face their idols.

Exciting Semi-Finals Ahead in Women’s Singles

In Women’s Singles, Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand and Gao Fangjie of China will reprise their Uber Cup showdown in the semi-finals. The other semi-final will see a battle between young Chinese player Han Yue and Sayaka Takahashi of Japan.

With a navigation of windy on-court conditions, Nitchaon Jindapol has reached the semi-finals. Today, she overcame a stuttering start against Chen Su Yu, ultimately winning the match 25-23, 21-16. Jindapol credits her victory to playing with “a lot of heart” and vows to bring her best in the match against Gao. Han Yue, last year’s World Junior silver medallist, demonstrated her confidence by storming past Indonesia’s Yulia Yosephin Susanto in a remarkable comeback. From a 7-14 deficit, Han won 14 straight points for an incredible triumph.

Conclusion

The quarter-finals of the Singapore Badminton Open 2018 displayed exceptional performances and captivating battles. As we move into the semi-finals, the stage is set for intense competition. Stay tuned to witness the excitement unfold in this prestigious badminton tournament.

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FAQs

  1. When will the semi-finals of the Singapore Badminton Open 2018 take place?

    • The semi-finals will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium tomorrow.
  2. Who are the top contenders in the Men’s Singles semi-finals?

    • The Men’s Singles semi-finals will feature Nguyen Tien Minh vs. Hsu Jen Hao, and Chou Tien Chen vs. Qiao Bin.
  3. Which teams have advanced to the Women’s Doubles semi-finals?

    • The Women’s Doubles semi-finals will see matches between Isabel Herttrich/Carla Nelte vs. Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, and Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai vs. Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata.
  4. Who are the favorites in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals?

    • The Men’s Doubles semi-finals will witness battles between Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan and Angga Pratama/Rian Agung Saputro, and Ou Xuanyi/Ren Xiangyu vs. Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong.
  5. Which Indonesian pairs will face off in the Mixed Doubles semi-finals?

    • The Mixed Doubles semi-finals will see Tontow Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir competing against Akbar Bintang Cahyono/Winny Oktavina Kandow.
  6. Who will be facing each other in the Women’s Singles semi-finals?

    • The Women’s Singles semi-finals will feature matches between Nitchaon Jindapol vs. Gao Fangjie, and Han Yue vs. Sayaka Takahashi.