Top seed Lu Yen-hsun progressed to the semi-finals of the OEC Kaohsiung ATP Challenger yesterday, but perhaps not in the way he would have wanted, after his opponent Jimmy Wang retired at the end of the first set.
World No. 64 Lu took the opening set 6-4 after which fellow Taiwanese Wang, the No. 8 seed, called it a day.
It was Lu’s seventh win in 11 matches against the 151st-ranked Wang and it earned him a semi-final showdown today against No. 6 seed Matthew Ebden of Australia, who breezed past South Korea’s Lim Yong-kyu 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour yesterday.
Qualifier Yuki Bhambri of India continued his surprise run to beat No. 4 seed Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, while Jack Sock of the US, the No. 2 seed, defeated John-Patrick Smith of Australia 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.
In the doubles semi-finals top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia beat No. 3 seeds Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey of the Philippines 6-4, 3-6, 12-10.
Twenty-one-year-old Bhambri had even more cause to celebrate after he and Wang Chieh-fu of Taiwan defeated Ebden and Danai Udomchoke of Thailand 6-3, 6-4 in the other semi-final.