Lu Guangzu claims big scalp in badminton World Championships
Published: Dec 15, 2021 05:48 PM
Lu Guangzu  Photo: IC

Lu Guangzu Photo: IC

Chinese mainland's Lu ­Guangzu sprang a big surprise in the BWF World Championships on Tuesday when he defeated No.4 seed Chou Tien-Chen of Chinese Taipei in three sets to book his place in the last 16.

Lu's performance showed great resilience as he fought back after losing the first set 21-14 to claim the second set 21-15 to level the tie and then repeat that 21-15 score in the decisive third set.

"Chou is a very tough ­player. All I can do is to fight for every point, so I tried to keep the rallies long rally to look for opportunities. I started badly in the first set, but then I was patient and played the strategies of my own," said Lu after his win.

"I was strong in the second set and hit a lot of sharp smashes. I was thinking I don't need to save energy for the following matches because there won't be any following ­matches if I lost. And it worked," he said.

Lu will now face No.12 seed Kidambi Srikanth, who ended Li Shifeng's adventure in Spain after a tough battle 15-21, 21-18, 21-17 after Li won the first set and was in with a chance of qualifying for the last 16 until the last moment of a tightly fought game.

"Kidambi is very experienced player and I believe he was taking full advantage of his experience to beat down Li today. I have never beaten him before but I'll be well prepared for the tough game," said Lu.

In the women's singles, He Bingjiao moved into the last 16 after beating Marie Batomene of France in straight sets, 21-12, 21-15.

Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan strolled into the last 16 with an easy 21-11, 21-4 victory over the Peruvian pairing of Ines ­Castillo and Paula La Torre.

Ng Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting also progressed after defeating 16th seeds Amalie Magelund and Freja Ravn, 21-16, 21-18.