JAPAN grew to become the revelation within the males’s singles as Kanta Tsuneyama and Kodai Naraoka continued their large run within the event by coming into the semi-finals on the Axiata Enviornment yesterday.
The unseeded Tsuneyama, who defeated Lee Cheuk Yiu in Hong Kong and world No. 5 Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan in his first rounds, shocked world No. 4 Anthony Ginting of Indonesia, 21-14, 21-16 within the final eight.
“It is the very best ranked participant I’ve crushed in my profession however I am not glad with this achievement. I’m completely satisfied however I need to do nicely within the semi-finals,” mentioned Tsuneyama.
“All of the Japanese gamers carried out nicely and it is good for our crew.”
Naraoka, who knocked out world No. 2 Lee Zii Jia within the first spherical and world No. 25 Ng Tze Yong within the second spherical, defeated India’s Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy 21-16, 19-21, 21-10 to succeed in the ultimate. 4.
The world No. 7 will face Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand, who defeated Singapore’s former world champion Loh Kean Yew 21-11, 20-22, 21-14.
Defending champion and red-hot favourite Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is watching Tsuneyama’s risk and he won’t let the world No. 26.
Axelsen was in elegant kind within the final eight match in opposition to one other Japanese shuttler Kenta Nishimoto because the Dane carved out a one-sided 21-6, 21-12 victory in 38 minutes.
The Dane was absolutely rested after receiving a walkover from Malaysian Liew Daren within the second spherical on Thursday.
“It was a unique scenario for me as a result of I had two days relaxation and bodily I felt 100% recent however I feel Nishimoto had two matches at excessive velocity and was a bit drained,” mentioned Axelsen.
“No sport is simple. Now, I’ve the higher hand, I transfer nicely and really feel comfy.
“I feel it will likely be a difficult match. I at all times go right into a match with full respect for my opponent and tomorrow (right this moment) will likely be no totally different. I’ve to play nicely to win.”