DAY 2: NO EASY INS FOR SEEDS
THIRD SEEDS COME THROUGH FIRST ROUND THRILLER IN MEN’S DOUBLES
The battle of the heavyweights in the men’s doubles today went the way of the third seeds Kittinupong Kedren and Dechapol Puavaranuikroh (THA), but the pair were made to fight all the way by unseeded scratch pairing of Boon Heong Tan (MAS) and Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR), winning through 17-21, 21-9, 21-14.
But while on the surface it may appear a surprise for the match to go the distance, you don’t have to scratch too deep to realize this was always going to be a close encounter.
Boon is a former world number one and two-time world championship medalist, while Yoo has also reached number one in the world in his partnership with the now retired Lee Yong Dae and is himself a three-time world championship medalist.
Puavaranuikroh was pleased with their strong early form against such quality opponents.
“We started the match well and it was important that we returned to our aggressive style later in the match, to go for our shots. This is such a great experience for us in a very good tournament, to win a match early in the tournament against such a good team, this is very good for us and our hopes for the tournament, we think we can go on to win but we must continue to play at our best.”
SECOND SEED OUT IN WOMEN’S SINGLES
In another match that had upset written all over it the moment the draw was made, women’s singles second seed Lee Chia Hsin (TPE) was bundled out by 2017 World Junior Championship runner up Han Yue (CHN). Yue was in control throughout in a surprisingly one-sided affair, winning through to the second round 21-11, 21-11, and putting the rest of the field on alert to a possible giant killing run.