Ratchanok faces old foe Marin in quarters

Ratchanok faces old foe Marin in quarters

Title-holder Ratchanok Intanon will take on reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the women’s singles quarter-finals of the US$600,000 Malaysia Open today.

World No.7 Ratchanok overcame compatriot Busanan Ongbamrungphan 23-21, 21-18 to set up the meeting with second seed and world No.3 Marin, who eliminated another Thai hopeful Nichaon Jindapol 21-14-21-18 at the BWF Superseries Premier tournament in Kuching.

The 22-year-old Ratchanok pulled off a stunning comeback in the quarter-finals of the All England Open last month to defeat Marin.

Marin was leading 18-11 in the final game in Birmingham before Ratchanok won 10 straight points to seal a 22-20, 13-21, 21-18 victory over the Spaniard.

Third seed Sung Ji-Hyun, Ratchanok’s conqueror at the India Open last week, also came through her second round match as the Korean beat Lee Chia-hsin of Taiwan 21-7, 23-21. She will next meet Chinese fifth seed Sun Yu, a 21-14, 21-12 winner over Zhang Beiwen of the US.

Top seed and world No.1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan swept aside compatriot Pai Yu-po 21-6, 21-8 in just 18 minutes. She awaits the winner of the match between China’s Chen Yufei and Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia.

Fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara set up an all-Japanese quarter-final, beating Chen Su-yu of Taiwan and Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong respectively.

In the men’s singles, Chinese superstar Lin Dan was too strong for Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, winning 21-8, 21-13 in just 28 minutes. Lin will face Jonatan Christie in the last eight after the Indonesian rallied to beat Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-23, 21-17, 21-19.

In the men’s doubles, Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet continued their hot form with a 21-11, 21-14 win over Lu Ching-yao and Yang Po-han of Taiwan, while Kittinupong Kedren and Dechapol Puavaranukroh also made it to the last eight with a 21-19, 20-22, 21-18 win over eighth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark.

In the mixed doubles, Bodin and Savitree Amitrapai lost to top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China 24-26, 19-2, but Dechapol and Sapsiree Taerattanachai book their last-eight berth with a 21-16, 21-19 win over seventh seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England.