x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Chen overcomes doughty Kashyap's challenge

Chinese world No 2 Chen Jin overcame early resistance to join Malaysian No 1 Lee Chong Wei and Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the World Championships third round yesterday.

Chinese world No 2 Chen Jin overcame early resistance to join Malaysian No 1 Lee Chong Wei and Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the World Championships third round yesterday. Chen, 23, last year's Olympic bronze medallist, struggled due to drift caused by the air-conditioner before switching to flatter shots to overcome India's Parupalli Kashyap 14-21, 21-10, 21-7. The organisers turned the air-conditioner ducts towards the roof before the event after complaints there was too much drift. Lee, hoping to upstage Chinese defending champion Lin Dan to capture a first major title, outplayed Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria 21-11, 21-14 in just 21 minutes.

Fourth seed Hidayat, Olympic champion in 2004, beat Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France 21-17, 21-15 to advance along with former finalist Peter Gade of Denmark, who shut out Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-11, 21-12. Women's world No 1 Zhou Mi, of Hong Kong, beat New Zealand's Michelle Chan Ky 21-11, 21-15. * Reuters