Ratchanok looks for sweet revenge
Thai gets chance to settle old score with Wang in semi-final, Marin shows excellent form
published : 18 Jan 2020 at 07:31
newspaper section: Sports
Ratchanok Intanon will take on Wang Zhiyi in the women's singles semi-finals of the US$400,000 Indonesia Masters in Jakarta on Saturday.
Fourth seed Ratchanok will be targeting a revenge win against the Chinese, who stunned the world No.5 in the last 16 round at last week's Malaysia Masters where the Thai was the two-time defending champion.
Ratchanok booked her berth in the last four with an easy 21-14, 21-11 win over Michelle Li of Canada while 19th-ranked Wang defeated Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-19, 21-11.
Ratchanok is the only Thai left in the BWF World Tour Super 500 event after Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai bowed out yesterday.
The women's doubles pair fell to Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen of Denmark 15-21, 20-22 in yesterday's quarter-finals.
Meanwhile Carolina Marin moved a step closer to erase her painful memories of last year's final.
A year ago, Marin collapsed in agony at this Istora Senayan Stadium as she suffered a career-threatening injury on her right knee during the final against India's Saina Nehwal.
The Spaniard was in excellent form yesterday, cruising past Korean An Se-Young 21-17, 21-6 to reach the last four. She will next play sixth seed He Bingjiao, who defeated Zhang Beiwen of the United States 21-16, 22-20.
In the mixed doubles, Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue continued their sensational journey in Jakarta, achieving a rare Super 500 mixed doubles semi-final for France by beating local favourites Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in three games.
The 21-19, 14-21, 21-18 victory came after the French pair beat Wang Chi-lin and Cheng Chi-ya of Taiwan in the first round and fourth seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the second.
"It's a great result for us," said Gicquel. "To beat two top-five pairs in a row, in front of this crowd, it's crazy. There was a lot of pressure but we were able to keep the focus and enjoy it."
The French pair will play second seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping of China in today's semis.
Two-time defending champions Zheng and Huang will play Malaysia's Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing in the other semi-final.
In the men's singles, holder Anders Antonsen of Denmark, Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong, former winner Anthony Ginting of Indonesia and Viktor Axelsen of Denmark all advanced.