Zhang headlines the semifinals of the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open

June 16, 2018, 3:42 a.m. (ET)

Beiwen Semifinals Post from USAB Instagram


After a thrilling Friday of matches in Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, the semifinals are set for the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open.




American Beiwen Zhang defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong, of Thailand, in an exhilarating, rollercoaster of a match, 21-18, 22-24, 21-19.


Zhang will now have to take on defending U.S. Open women’s singles champion Aya Ohori, who beat Busanan Ongbamrungphan, also of Thailand, 21-7, 21-10. The two will be the second match on court one on Saturday.


The other semifinal will consist of Canadian Michelle Li, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, and former world No. 1 Li Xuerui, of China, who because of injury was forced to enter the main draw of the tournament through qualifying.




Ajay Jayaram, from India, looks to follow in the footsteps of the Indian players from the 2017 U.S. Open, when the men’s singles title match featured Prannoy H.S. and Parupalli Kashyap, both from India. Jayaram will play Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands in the opening match of the day at 1 p.m.


On the other side of the bracket in men’s singles is Korean Lee Dong Keun, who has continued to win following his shocking upset of Lin Dan in the opening round of the tournament. Lee beat Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, 21-18, 21-18, to advance to the semifinals. Lee’s opponent will be Khosit Phetpradab, of Thailand, who defeated Lu Guangzu in three games, 21-16, 12-21, 21-16.




The long top-seeded doubles pairing left in the tournament is the duo of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao of Japan, who will play the Korean tandem of Kim Hye Jeong and Jim So Yeong. The winner of that match will play the winner of Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo or Malaysia and Tang Jinhua and Yu Xiaohan of China.




The men’s doubles semifinals feature a pair of Korean tandems, Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho and Jung Jae Wook and Jae Hwan Kim, on opposite sides of the bracket. Kang and Kim overcame an opening game loss to beat the No. 1 seed of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, 20-22, 21-18, 21-14. Jung and Kim beat fellow Koreans Hwi Tae Kim and Park Kyung Hoon, 21-19, 21-19.


The Korean pairs will play the Canadian pair of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura, and the Chinese duo of Ou Xuanyi and Xiangyu Ren.




Mixed doubles is the only event that will feature all ranked opponents in the semifinals.


No. 5 seed and 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, of Malaysia, will take on the No. 2 seed from Germany, Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich. On the other side, England’s No. 7 seed Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh are scheduled to face Germany’s No. 4 seed Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler.




For full results from Friday’s quarterfinals action, CLICK HERE.


For Saturday’s semifinal schedule, which begins at 1 p.m., CLICK HERE.