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Mixed day for Singapore star

Fu Mingtian went through a rollercoaster of emotions on quarter-finals day at the US$50,000 Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Phan Dinh Phung Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.

The Singaporean was on top of the world after reaching the women’s singles semi-final, but was then brought down to earth with a bump when she and partner Xing Aiying (right), were shown the door in the women’s doubles.

Xing Aiying

The unseeded Fu Mingtian had to work hard against unheralded Indian Aditi Mutatkar before booking her place in the last four.

After going down 21-18 in the first game, the Singaporean shuttler upped the tempo to take the next two games 21-14, 21-17 to end the match in 64 minutes.

She will now face South Korean Hwang Hye Young for a place in Sunday’s final. Hye Young reached the semi-finals after taking out Japan’s Ayumi Mine 21-14, 15-21, 21-15.

The other semi-final will see US Open champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei taking on Japan’s Kaori Imabeppu after they both defeated Indian opponents in the last eight.

The third seeded Tzu Ying, the sole seeded player in the women’s singles quarter-finals, was forced to fight tooth and nail before overcoming P.V. Sindhu 11-21, 21-11, 21-19. It was the third consecutive match that Tzu Ying was stretched into a rubber game.

Japan's Kaori Imabeppu was also taken to the limit by Arundhati Pantawane before prevailing 18-21, 21-13, 21-12.

Meanwhile, the women’s doubles will see semi-finalists from four different nations in the fray.

South Korea’s Choi A Reum-Yoo Hyun Young were the pair responsible for Fu Mingtian-Xing Aiying’s defeat, taking out the Singaporeans 21-10, 21-12 and will meet second seeded Singaporeans Yao Lei-Shinta Mulia Sari.

Yao Lei-Shinta reached the final four when they defeated Taipei’s Chou Chia Chi-Yang Chia Chen 21-19, 9-21, 21-19.

The other semi-final is between Indonesia’s Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Taipei’s Chiang Kai Hsin-Tsai Pei Ling.

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