Chinese Taipei’s talented shuttler Tien Chen Chou proved his worth as he toppled Eric Pang of Netherlands in the Men’s Singles semi-final at the 2011 Dutch Open Grand Prix, on Saturday, October 15, at Almere, Netherlands.
The unseeded Chen Chou proved his mettle and destroyed local hopes by beating the home favourite and the second seed Pang in a straight-set match by taking 39 minutes of the court time. The local shuttler failed to put up strong show against the visitor and lost the battle.
The Taipei shuttler opened the first game in an impressive way as he took a small lead in the opening points. But Pang came back and leveled the score by playing to his full potential. The score progressed closely in the opening half of the first game.
Both shuttlers employed attacking strokes to set up a comfortable lead in the match but failed to achieve it. Until the break, Chen Chou was slightly ahead of his local challenger, who was also playing at the same level.
After the break, the local player accelerated his speed to tackle the aggressive play of Chen Chou but failed to create a gap as the Taipei shuttler was in good control of the game. The score reached at the breath-taking stage of 21-21, when Chen Chou played wonderful game and won the set by a tight margin of 23-21 in 23 minutes.
The second set was not that tough as the Taipei shuttler found no considerable resistance from Pang. The Dutch shuttler failed to make his mark over his opponent in the second set. Chen Chou continued his impressive play and showed no mercy to Pang in the whole game.
The attacking and positive game of Chen Chou earned him win in the second set with a wonderful difference of 21-14 in just 16 minutes. The Taipei shuttler found the much needed victory by winning the match with a remarkable margin of 23-21 and 21-14 by consuming 39 minutes in the court.