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Living legend Lin Dan had a first round match against a player he had never lost to before. Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was down 0-2 head-to-head before the two shuttlers’ match at China Open today.
Little did this statistic help the 34-year old Chinese – little did it help him to play on home soil as well. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting has developed a lot during the last year and has established himself in the very top as someone you have to keep an eye on. At the Asian in Jakarta few weeks ago the Indonesian got a bronze medal after eliminating Kento Momota and Chen Long on the way.
The match between Lin Dan and Ginting was predicted to be 50-50 and the two also played three very interesting games today. Lin Dan was a small step ahead of his opponent during first game but only managed to win it 24-22. In second game the Chinese collected new energy as he let himself lose by 5-21 – a tactic we have seen many times from the legendary player.
In third game Anthony Sinisuka Ginting took control, got caught up with, took control again, and got caught up with again. Leading 17-11 it looked like a comfortable win for the Indonesian but moment later Lin Dan was suddenly up 19-18. It was Ginting who left the court successfully though. The Indonesian won third game 21-19 and sent out one of the local heroes in first round. Surely a big disappointment for the Chinese home crowd but at the same time a good result for Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
Third seeded MD follow Lin Dan out of China Open
One of the most interesting men’s doubles in first round was the battle between the runners-up from the World Championships and the runners-up from the Asian Games. Japanese Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda who got silver in Nanjing were seeded 3 but they couldn’t use that for anything against Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto from Indonesia. Last match between the two pairs was at the World Championships where the Japanese duo won in straight games.
Once again we saw an extremely close first game, which Kamura and Sonoda won 22-20. Alfian and Ardianto came back very strongly in second game though, which they were leading all the way from 1-1. The Indonesians kept building onto their lead and bagged the game 21-15.
The decisive game continued in a bit similar way. The Japanese were leading 3-0 but when Alfian and Ardianto won the following 7 points they didn’t look behind them again. Another 21-15 closed the match for the Indonesian duo who is now ready for second round against He Jiting and Tan Qiang from China.
Second seeded WS under pressure
Akane Yamaguchi from Japan is seeded 2 in women’s double as was up against the former World Junior Champion from Malaysia in first round – Goh Jin Wei. The Japanese had never lost a game to Goh in their previous four encounters but today she was under pressure.
Yamaguchi did however win first game 23-21 after a close fight between the two shuttlers. From 7-7 in second game though, it was Goh Jin Wei who ruled on court. The Malaysia only gave away another 5 points and bagged second game 21-12. In the final game the Malaysian went to mid-game interval and side change with an 11-8 lead and the surprise was getting closer. But 7 consecutive points to Yamaguchi turned things upside down and Goh never recovered from this streak again. The favorite took the game 21-15 and thereby qualified for second round at China Open, however, not without pressure from Goh Jin Wei today.
Selected results from first round of China Open:
MS: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Indonesia vs. Lin Dan, China 22-24 21-5 21-19
MS: Viktor Axelsen, Denmark (1) vs. Khosit Phetpradab, Thailand 21-12 21-15
MS: Kantaphon Wangcharoen, Thailand vs. Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus, Denmark 21-18 21-18
WS: He Bingjiao, China (7) vs. Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt, Denmark 21-9 21-15
WS: Chen Yufei, China (5) vs. Sayaka Sato, Japan 21-17 21-9
WS: Akane Yamaguchi, Japan (2) vs. Goh Jin Wei, Malaysia 23-21 12-21 21-15
MD: Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen, China (2) vs. Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han, Chinese Taipei 21-12 24-22
MD: Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Indonesia vs. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, Japan (3) 20-22 21-15 21-15
WD: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, Japan (2) vs. Ekaterina Bolotova/Alina Davletova, Russia 21-9 21-9
WD: Della Destiara Haris/Rizki Amelia Pradipta, Indonesia vs. Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean, Malaysia 21-16 21-17
WD: Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, Indonesia (4) vs. Johanna Goliszewski/Lara Käpplein, Germany 21-17 21-15
XD: Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen, Denmark (6) vs. Wang Chi-Lin/Lee Chia Hsin, Chinese Taipei 21-10 21-10
XD: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, Japan vs. Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, Indonesia 22-20 16-21 21-16