Photo credit: Tang Shi
Halfway through the day it’s a perfect 10 out of 10 for the seeded players. All have delivered what was expected by them, however, with small bumps on the way.
One of the bumps was when Pusarla V. Sindhu played against Busana Ongbamrungphan. Sindhu is seeded 3 and the Thai had never won any of their previous eight encounters. Today Busanan was eager to change that statistic though.
The Thai was a little step ahead of Sindhu during most of first game. Still it ended up being a very close finish as she won 23-21. In second game the Indian came back very strongly and she was leading all the way to take the game 21-13.
During third game things seemed settled when Sindhu was up 15-9 but just moments later Busanan was in front 17-16 after a fantastic comeback. The following points went a little to each side but eventually today wasn’t the day Busanan Ongbamrungphan should reduce the head-to-head statistic against the Indian. Pusarla V. Sindhu won third game 21-18 and is ready for the quarterfinal at China Open.
Double comeback from young Indonesian
The finalists from Japan Open last week, Carolina Marín (6) and Nozomi Okuhara (8), also delivered expected victories today. Marín however also needed three games before she had defeated Sayaka Takahashi while Okuhara eliminated Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games.
Nozomi Okuhara was expected to meet Ratchanok Intanon (4) in the quarterfinal but that won’t happen since the Thai lost in first round against Beiwen Zhang. The American was battling Gregoria Mariska Tunjung for a spot in the quarterfinal today, and it was the young Indonesia who had the luck and power.
Tunjung won in straight games after coming back from 3-9 in first game to win first game 23-21. Second game looked very well in the beginning for Tunjung who was up 6-1 but Beiwen Zhang took an amazing 11 consecutive points to bring her ahead with 12-6. Still the Indonesian fought back and closed the match 22-20.
Hong Kong pair balancing on the edge
In men’s single Ng Ka Long Angus (8) eliminated the unseeded Asian Games Champion from Indonesia, Jonatan Christie, while Chou Tien Chen (5) surpassed Kantaphon Wangcharoen, both in straight games.
Hong Kong’s best mixed double balanced on the edge of exit just like Sindhu but they managed to put things in their favor at the end. With 24-22 in third game Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet (4) qualified for the quarterfinal while Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing are out for now.
In the battle of friendships between Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (4) and Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun, it was the Indonesians who drew the longest straw. Polii and Chang are known to be very good friends outside the court and post lots of pictures with other on their social medias.
Results from second round of China Open:
MS: Chou Tien Chen, Chinese Taipei (5) vs. Kantaphon Wangcharoen, Thailand 21-14 21-11
MS: Kento Momota, Japan (3) vs. Kenta Nishimoto, Japan 21-9 21-9
MS: Ng Ka Long Angus, Hong Kong (8) vs. Jonatan Christie, Indonesia 21-18 21-16
WS: Pusarla V. Sindhu, India (3) vs. Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Thailand 21-23 21-13 21-18
WS: Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, Indonesia vs. Beiwen Zhang, USA 23-21 22-20
WS: Carolina Marín, Spain (6) vs. Sayaka Takahashi, Japan 21-16 14-21 21-9
WS: Nozomi Okuhara, Japan (8) vs. Pornpawee Chochuwong, Thailand 21-9 22-20
MD: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Indonesia (1) vs. Tinn Isriyanet/Kittisak Namdash, Thailand 21-13 21-13
MD: Huang Kaixiang/Wang Yilyu, China vs. Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, Indonesia 21-11 21-12
MD: He Jiting/Tan Qiang, China vs. Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Indonesia 21-17 12-21 21-17
MD: Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin, Chinese Taipei vs. Attri Manu/Reddy B. Sumeeth, India 21-9 21-10
WD: Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen, Denmark vs. Du Yue/Li Yinhui, China 21-18 21-19
WD: Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, Japan (5) vs. Cao Tong Wei/Zheng Yu, China 22-20 15-21 21-14
WD: Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, Indonesia (4) vs. Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun, Korea 24-22 21-18
WD: Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, Japan (8) vs. Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong, Korea 21-14 21-19
XD: Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Hong Kong (4) vs. Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing, Malaysia 19-21 21-16 24-22
XD: Ricky Karandasuwardi/Debby Susanto, Indonesia vs. Lu Kai/Chen Lu, China 21-18 21-19
XD: Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen, Denmark (6) vs. Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Reddy N. Sikki, India 21-16 21-10
Stay tuned! More updates from China Open are on the way…