Tommy SUGIARTO  - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ

FORMER WORLD NUMBER THREE ADVANCES TO QUARTER FINALS

A regular visitor to Auckland, former world number 3 Tommy Sugiarto has advanced safely into the quarterfinals at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open. The likeable Indonesian defeated countryman Panji Maulana in straight games at a tournament and city he enjoys returning to.

“I always enjoy the NZ Open, the tournament, the city, the weather – it is all very nice. My form in the first two rounds is good, but tomorrow I must focus and concentrate, the quarterfinal will be a much tougher opponent, I will have to play well. The New Zealand Open has many top players here, it is a strong event.”

Day three did not start well however for Thailand’s Mattana Hemrachatanun, with an ankle injury preventing her from taking to the court in a match against countrywoman Pattarasuda Chaiwan, allowing the easiest of pathways through to the third round for Chaiwan.

It has otherwise been smooth sailing for higher ranked players and combinations, with young Kiwis Roanne Apalisok and Ashley Tan no match for the second seeds Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao (JPN) in the women’s doubles. Fellow Kiwis Danny Oud and Jasmine Ng also went down in straight games in their mixed doubles round two clash with Vietnam combination Do and Pham.