Korea’s hopes of having one of their own in the winner’s circle of the men’s New Zealand Open were eradicated as both Wan Ho Son and Dong Keun Lee lost, however on the women’s side of the draw there was a reversal of fortunes as both Yeon Ju Bae and Ji Hyun Sung were victorious.
In the quarter-finals on Thursday Japan’s Richi Takeshita knocked-out Lee winning 21-16, 17-21, 21-8. While China’s Yuxiang Huang beat 21-19, 21-19. The match was just as close as the scoreline suggests.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Malaysia’s Teck Zhi Soo was forced to grind hard for an 11-21, 22-20, 21-14 win over China’s Yuqi Shi. Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen also showed impressive endurance as he beat Bin Qiao 21-17, 17-21, 21-14.
In the women’s competition, Bae briskly disposed of Russia’s Ksenia Polikarpova by a scoreline of 21-6, 21-12 to advance into the semi-finals. Sung was made to fight far harder as she eventually got past China’s Yufei Chen 21-23, 21-14, 21-14.
Elsewhere, in the women’s singles Taiwan’s Mei Hui Chiang and Japan’s Aya Ohori beat Japan’s Kaori Imabeppu and Taiwan’s Ya Ching Hsu in successive games respectively to both progress to the semi-finals.