The China Open run comes to an end for the current European Champions Carolina Marin and Jan Ø. Jørgensen. Both shuttlers lost out at the last eight stage of the 700.000 Superseries Premier tournament on Friday.
Denmark’s world number two Jørgensen lost to former world number one Lee Chong Wei in three games (11-21, 21-11, 10-21) while China’s Wang Shixian defeated world champion Carolina Marin of Spain 21-13, 10-21, 21-10.
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Also Viktor Axelsen (pictured)
, the current world number six, suffered a loss in the quarter-final today. The Dane was ousted 17-21, 13-21 by world champion Chen Long (China) after 50 minutes of play.
“I actually feel that I had my chances to get even closer during the match, but Chen Long simply played better and more consistent than me”, Viktor admitted on Facebook afterwards.
“I think that I can look back at a fairly okay tournament. Unfortunately my preparations in the week leading up to this wasn't as good as I wanted it to be because of some issues with me thigh. But I haven't had any pain in this tournament, which is really positive after all!”
Fifth-seeded Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen (main picture)
advanced to the quarter-finals by beating unseeded Chinese duo Liu Yuchen/Ou Dongni 21-13, 24-22. Fischer & Pedersen are the only European left in the China Open.
The Danish duo's semifinal opponent will be Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin of China, who reached the last four after beating another European hopefuls, England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock.
All-England champions Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen lost to Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang of Korea in three games 21-19, 13-21, 9-21.
Chris and Gabby Adcock’s China Open bid ended on Friday as the English pair accrued yet more Olympic qualification points on the road to Rio. The Adcocks lost out to China’s rising pair, Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin, the world silver medalists, 21-10, 21-18 in 36 minutes.
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.