World champ Marin cruises into Hong Kong semi-fi­nal

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

World cham­pion Carolina Marin brushed off Thai­land’s Porn­tip Bu­ranaprasert­suk to book her place in the Hong Kong Open semi-fi­nals yes­ter­day. The Span­ish player had her sights firmly set on her sixth big ti­tle of the year as she dis­missed Porn­tip 21-12, 21-13 in 42 min­utes. Marin has had a strong year, win­ning the world ti­tle in Au­gust and shoot­ing up the rank­ings to num­ber one af­ter start­ing the year ranked eighth. “I am very happy with my per­for­mance be­cause last week I lost against Wang Shix­ian, it wasn’t a good game for me,” said Marin, re­fer­ring to the Chi­nese world num­ber six. “But I changed my (mind­set) be­cause I want to get the ti­tle here.” In the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, for­mer world num­ber one Lee Chong Wei will meet ri­val and top seed Chen Long of China later in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The meet is be­ing billed as a grudge match af­ter Lee beat Chen in Sun­day’s China Open fi­nal. The Malaysian is on a win­ning streak af­ter tak­ing back-to­back ti­tles in China and France as he made a strong re­turn fol­low­ing an eight-month dop­ing ban ear­lier this year. Overnight home­town hero An­gus Ng, who downed Chi­nese leg­end Lin Dan in the sec­ond round, will meet Chou Tien-chen of Tai­wan later Fri­day to fight for his place in the semi-fi­nals. Hong Kong’s Ng lost to Chou in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the French Open last month-the first time he had reached the last eight at a Su­per Se­ries tour­na­ment. — AFP

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