Hong Kong Open: Local hope Lee Cheuk-yiu stuns Viktor Axelsen to set up semi-final clash against Kidambi Srikanth

The tournament has ploughed on despite pro-democracy protests in the city and Lee will play India's Kidambi Srikanth in the last four on Saturday

Agence France-Presse November 15, 2019 22:46:01 IST
Hong Kong Open: Local hope Lee Cheuk-yiu stuns Viktor Axelsen to set up semi-final clash against Kidambi Srikanth
  • Lee Cheuk-yiu stunned former badminton world number one, Viktor Axelsen, to stroll into the semi-finals of his home Hong Kong Open on Friday

  • The tournament has ploughed on despite pro-democracy protests in the city and Lee will play India's Kidambi Srikanth in the last four on Saturday

  • The Hong Kong Open is one of the few high-profile sports events to go ahead in the city during five months of increasingly violent demonstrations

Lee Cheuk-yiu stunned former badminton world number one, Viktor Axelsen, to stroll into the semi-finals of his home Hong Kong Open on Friday.

Hong Kong Open Local hope Lee Cheukyiu stuns Viktor Axelsen to set up semifinal clash against Kidambi Srikanth

File image of Lee Cheuk-yiu. AFP

The tournament has ploughed on despite pro-democracy protests in the city and Lee will play India's Kidambi Srikanth in the last four on Saturday.

Unseeded Lee defeated the Dane Axelsen, the seventh seed, 21-14, 21-19 in their quarter-final.

"My opponent played very well today and I didn't control the shuttle under the conditions, so of course very disappointed about that. I had problems reading his shots," said Axelsen.

Lee, the world number 27 from Hong Kong who on Thursday defeated China's third seed Shi Yuqi, said: "The fans made a big difference. The pressure was on him, I only thought of pressing forward all the time. He's so much taller than me so I had to be aggressive. I wouldn't have a chance if he got a big lead."

The Hong Kong Open is one of the few high-profile sports events to go ahead in the city during five months of increasingly violent demonstrations.

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