Chou Tien Chen, bottom, came from behind to beat Jonatan Christie after 71 minutes ©Getty Images

Jonatan Christie squandered five match points as he crashed out of the Badminton World Championships at the hands of Chou Tien Chen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The Indonesian appeared in control in the deciding game of his men's singles quarter-final against Chinese Taipei's Chou, leading 20-15.

However, 32-year-old Chou won seven consecutive points to clinch a remarkable 14-21, 21-11, 22-20 victory.

"I tried my best," said Christie.

"Chou is a good player, and he never gives up.

"He proved that today.

"It's disappointing, I nearly got through to the semi-finals.

"But it is what it is."

Chou has taken more than an hour to record victory in three of his four matches at the World Championships so far, with this battle marking his second consecutive 71-minute match.

"Every time I played, I lost in the quarter-finals," said Chou.

"I've always been nervous in this round. 

"I'm really happy to make this comeback."

Tokyo 2020 gold medallist and top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark awaits Chou in the semi-finals after cruising past Christie's compatriot Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-10, 21-10 in 41 minutes.

The other semi-final will see Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn play against Zhao Junpeng of China following their respective wins against Singaporean Loh Kean Yew and India's HS Prannoy.

In women’s singles, the top four seeds all progressed to the semi-finals.

Defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan will face South Korea's An Se-young.

An survived a nervy match against Han Yue of China, eventually winning 21-14, 15-21, 22-20.

The other semi-final will be replay of the Olympic final between China's Chen Yufei and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Chen won the Olympic gold-medal match in Tokyo in three games.