Chen marches on at Aussie Open

Top seed Chen Long of China reached the quarter-finals of the XIAMEN AIR Australian Badminton Open after a comfortable win over Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli in Sydney on Thursday.

Chen, the only men’s seed to reach the quarter-finals, needed 48 minutes to get past Zulfadli 21-17, 21-12 and will face Anthony Sinisuka Ginting next.

The Indonesian defeated Sameer Verma of India 11-21, 21-7, 21-19 in 53 minutes.

In other men’s second round action, India’s Kidambi Srikanth beat Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 21-19, 21-12 and Jeon Hyeok Jin of the Korea Republic got past Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen 21-19, 21-14.

Hu Yun of Hong Kong needed 65 minutes to defeat Spain’s Pablo Abian 21-18, 16-21, 21-13 while Sho Sasaki of Japan beat Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-12, 21-16.

Kwang Hee Heo of Korea Republic reached the quarter-finals when his opponent Wang Zhengming of China was forced to retire injured with the scores at 29-30, 21-12, 11-2.

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark took 60 minutes to beat England’s Rajiv Ouseph 21-19, 20-22, 21-16 to set up a showdown next with Japan’s Sasaki.