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Expectations were high and hopes were set on an Indonesian clash between the gold and bronze medalists from the Asian Games in second round. India’s Prannoy put a stop to that.
It is exactly two weeks ago Jonatan Christie from Indonesia won gold at the Asian Games on home soil in Jakarta. Expectations were high to the newly crowned Champion who was drawn against H. S. Prannoy from India in first round of Japan Open.
The two only had one previous encounter between them and that was also from the Asian Games. Here Prannoy won a very close match with 21-19 in third game of the team event quarterfinal. Indonesia still managed to win the tie 3-1 though.
First game was also a close fight that ended 21-18 to the Indian. In second game it seemed there was no more energy left for Christie who lacked behind all the way. Down with eight points at 8-16 he did however manage to close the gap a little but eventually he couldn’t prevent an early defeat in Japan. Prannoy won 21-17 and the Asian Games Champion is out.
No Indonesian clash
That obviously means we are not going to have the interesting Indonesian second round clash between Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting that many people were hoping for. Ginting did do what he should to make this possible though as he defeated Ng Ka Long Angus from Hong Kong in straight games.
Ginting is also Indonesia’s only chance for success in men’s single now as Tommy Sugiarto had to accept a loss against Chen Long. Sugiarto did however have the Chinese under pressure as he took first game. Eventually Chen Long came back and claimed the victory in three games.
Selected results from first round of men’s singles:
Viktor Axelsen, Denmark (1) vs. Hsu Jen Hao, Chinese Taipei 21-12 21-9
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Indonesia vs. Ng Ka Long Angus, Hong Kong (8) 21-14 21-15
H. S. Prannoy, India vs. Jonatan Christie, Indonesia 21-18 21-17
Kento Momota, Japan (3) vs. Anders Antonsen, Denmark 21-9 21-10
Chou Tien Chen, Chinese Taipei (5) vs. Kanta Tsuneyama, Japan 21-11 21-10
Lin Dan, China vs. Kantaphon Wangcharoen, Thailand 16-21 21-19 21-10
Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Hong Kong vs. Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus 18-21 21-17 21-12
Kidambi Srikanth, India (7) vs. Huang Yuxiang, China 21-13 21-15
Son Wan Ho, Korea (4) vs. Kazumasa Sakai, Japan 17-21 21-15 22-20
Chen Long, China (6) vs. Tommy Sugiarto, Indonesia 12-21 21-17 21-14
Khosit Phetpradab, Thailand vs. Shi Yuqi, China (2) 21-18 24-22
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