Taiwanese Olympic gold medalists Lee Yang (??) and Wang Chi-lin (???) cruised into the men's doubles quarterfinals at the Indonesia Masters after defeating compatriots Lu Ching-yao (???) and Yang Po-han (???) Thursday.
Third seeds Wang and Lee ousted un-seeded Lu and Yang in straight sets 21-13, 21-16, in 38 minutes on court 2 at the Bali International Convention Center. Lee and Wang also extended their head-to-head over Lu and Yang to 3-0.
The Tokyo Olympic champions will meet fifth seeds and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalists Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in the quarterfinals for a place in the semifinals.
During their latest victory on Thursday, Lee and Wang showed their magic early in the opening game and stormed into a 11-5 lead at the break. Holding onto that advantage, the World No. 3 men's doubles duo captured the first game after securing match point at 20-13.
Lu and Yang held an early lead in the second game only to lose their nerve as Lee and Wang reeled them in and went ahead 11-10 at the break.
Lee and Wang then captured five consecutive points to extend their lead before reaching match point at 20-15. Lu and Yang saved the first match point but failed to save the second and crashed out of the tournament.
Lee and Wang opened their campaign at the Indonesia Masters by defeating Keiichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi of Japan 3-0 in sets, 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 on Wednesday.
The Taiwanese duo are looking to add another title to their collection after bagging two Super 1000 Thailand Open titles, the BWF World Tour Finals 2020 in January, and Olympic gold in July.
The Super 750 Indonesia Masters, held Nov. 16-21, has a purse of US$600,000, and is the first stop in the three-tournament "Indonesia Badminton Festival 2021."
The festival also includes the US$850,000 Super 1000 Indonesia Open, which will be held Nov. 23-28, and finishes with the US$1.5 million BWF World Tour Finals starting Dec. 1.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel