Kunlavut storms into semis
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Kunlavut storms into semis

Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn is seeking back-to-back titles. (Photo: AFP)
Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn is seeking back-to-back titles. (Photo: AFP)

Kunlavut Vitidsarn moved closer to winning back-to-back titles after securing a semi-final place at the US750,000 Singapore Open on Friday.

The world No.3, who won the Thailand Open last week, beat Christo Popov of France 21-13, 21-17 in the quarter-finals of the World Tour Super 750 event.

The 22-year-old from Chon Buri is seeking his third title of the year as he also won in India earlier this year.

In today's semi-finals, the former three-time world junior champion will face second seed Anthony Ginting of Indonesia or Li Shifeng of China.

Denmark's Anders Antonsen takes on third-seeded Kodai Naraoka of Japan in the other semi-final.

In the quarter-finals, Naraoka defeated China's Shi Yuqi 21-14, 21-16 and Antonsen beat Lee Chia-hao of Taiwan 12-21, 21-13, 21-11.

In the women's singles, top seed Akane Yamaguchi defeated her Japanese compatriot Aya Ohori 21-18, 19-21, 21-16.

In the semi-finals, Yamaguchi will be up against Olympic champion Chen Yufei of China, who beat Thailand's Supanida Katethong 21-18, 21-15.

Second seed An Se-Young of South Korea finished off China's Wang Zhiyi 21-18, 21-18.

An is looking for her second title in a row after her Thailand Open victory.

An will meet third seed Tai Tzu-ying in the last four after the Taiwanese saw off China's He Bingjiao 21-16, 21-11.

In the mixed doubles, Thailand's Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran lost to Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje of Denmark 13-21, 21-19, 19-21.

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