WANG Chi-Lin, LEE Chia Hsin	- Luke Lee for Badminton NZ


Second seeds He Jiting and Du Yue (CHN) were comfortable winners in the first match of the night at the North Shore Events Centre on quarterfinals night at the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open, easily dispatching Go and Pham (VIE) in the mixed doubles, in the process booking a spot against Chinese Taipei combination Wang and Lee in tomorrow’s semifinals.

“Today we were very focused, and the opponents were a bit weaker today, but we played well, we are pleased with the way we were able to play,” said He. “We are very confident for the semifinals.”

The 20-year old pairing will have to maintain that level of intensity against the Chinese Taipei pairing, the 3rd seeds were made to fight but came through in a three game classic against Chan and Goh from Malaysia. The first two games were split 21-16, 16-21 before the higher ranked pairing edged the third, 24-22 in a match that had the crowd engaged throughout.

“That was a very hard game, we have not won against them before so that was exciting, we are very happy to have won such a close game,” said Wang.