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Jonatan Christie of Indonesia hangs his head in disbelief after being defeated by China's Lin Guipu at the World Junior Championships boys' singles quarter-finals. – Chan Boon Kai / THE STAR
ALOR SETAR: It was a different Lin Guipu who showed up at the quarter-finals of the World Junior Championships.
That made all the difference as the Chinese shuttler sent top seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia crashing out of the boys’ singles on Wednesday.
Guipu, who had a lacklustre outing in the mixed team event, rarely put a foot wrong to score a 21-17, 21-18 win in 45 minutes at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here.
“I think I won because I didn’t think too much. Plus, I think the pressure was definitely on Jonathan today. He played well, but maybe I edged him out because I didn’t give up,” said Guipu as he high-fived boys’ doubles player Xu Linhan who walked pass.
Unseeded Guipu is set to face team-mate and joint third seed Zhao Junpeng in an all-China semi-final after the latter defeated Malaysia’s Cheam June Wei 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in another quarter-final match.
“I never think that far ahead, I just think about the next match. Playing a team-mate is never easy so I will go into the match ready for a fight ... Even if it goes into three, four, five games ... I will not give up,” stressed Guipu.
In another boys’ singles quarter-final match, second seed Shi Yuqi downed Malaysia’s R. Satheishtharan 21-12, 21-7 to set up a match against Anthony Ginting of Indonesia who was in top form on Wednesday, defeating Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-13, 21-5.
In the girls’ singles, Thursday’s semi-finals will see China taking on Japan in both matches.
Top seed Akane Yamaguchi, who beat Singapore’s Liang Xiaoyu 21-11, 16-21, 21-17, will take on China’s Qin Jingjing. Jingjing on Wednesday beat Thailand’s Chochuwong Pornpawee 21-15, 10-21, 21-18.
Meanwhile, joint third seed Aya Ohori, who came back from a game down to beat compatriot Natsuki Nidara 20-22, 21-18, 21-10, will take on He Bingjiao, who beat Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand 21-11, 21-14.
Indonesia’s mixed doubles pair Muhammad Rian Adrianto and Rosyita Eka Putri Sari kept Indonesia’s hopes of getting to at least one doubles final alive by making the semi-finals of three events – the mixed, boys’ and girls’ doubles.
Together, the duo will face South Korea’s Park Kyung-hoon-Park Keun-hye in the final four on Thursday with Rian and Clinton Hendrik Kudasama set to take on Japan’s Masahide Nakata-Katsuki Tamate in the boy’s doubles, while Rosyita and Apriani Rahayu face China’s Jiang Binbing-Tang Pingyang.
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badminton, World Junior Championships, Lin Guipu, Jonatan Christie, Cheam June Wei, Satheishtharan
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