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Chen Long, Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao enter last eight at badminton worlds

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-23 10:36
Chen Long of China competes during the men's singles third round match against Ng Ka Long Angus of China's Hong Kong at the BWF Badminton World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland on Aug 22, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

BASEL, Switzerland - Olympic champion Chen Long survived huge third round scare to move to the last eight of the Badminton World Championships here on Thursday.

The third-seeded Chen, who won the world title in 2014 and 2015, was 5-11 behind in the third set against Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong, China. He managed to level the score at 11-11 and went on to seal the decider 21-16.

Chen, the only Chinese player left in the men's singles draw, won the first set 21-13 and looked on track to go through comfortably.

But Ng, the ninth seed, made a thrilling comeback in the second, winning 21-17 to take the match to the third set, which he dominated from the beginning.

"The first set was too easy for me, so I lost concentration in the second," Chen said. "Trailing 5-11, I had no choice but to try my best. I am happy that I have made it."

The 30-year-old will next face fifth seed Anders Antonsen, who defeated Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan 23-21, 21-18 in the other match.

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