LI BAUN-CES TINE OUT FROM FRENCH OPEN
Denmark’s Tine Baun awful run against Asian players continued as she was shown the door by China’s Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the YONEX French Open Super Series on Friday.
Top seed Wang Yihan of China and Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk and Salakjit Ponsana also made it to the semi-finals to complete Asia’s dominance in the women’s singles.
The shock of the day came when Li outplayed second seed Baun at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. The 22-ranked Li who is chasing her first Super Series title, was playing Baun for the first time ever.
Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) winner, however, knew all about the Dane, having watched her in the earlier matches and put that knowledge to good use to score a 21-16, 21-17 victory which puts her into the semi-finals.
Ponsana prevented a repeat of the BAC final when she defeated Liu Xin 21-9, 19-21, 21-17 in a hard-fought match which could have gone either way. Ponsana, who created a big upset in Denmark when she defeated defending champion Baun, will now face Li for a place in Sunday’s final.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Elisabeth Cann, who topped French No. 1 Pi Hongyan in the second round on Wednesday, found the going tougher in the quarter-finals.
The English lass, who exceeded expectations when she won the bronze in New Delhi last month, struggled to find a way past Buranaprasertsuk’s defence. She gave it her all but in the end, the Thai proved too good and walked away with a 21-15 21-18 win over the four-time English national champion.
Buranaprasertsuk will now have the unenviable task of trying to stop the juggernaut that is Wang.
The Chinese top seed, who is seeking to defend her title, was unstoppable against Russia’s Ella Diehl, winning 21-8, 21-8 in 32 minutes. The world No. 2 won the Denmark Open a week ago and is the bookies’ favourite to add the French title to her impressive collection.
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