Photo Credit: Tang Shi
On this first day of August we saw 6 matches with seeded players on the losing side. And we saw a top seeded double in trouble as well.
After the first two matches on court 1, two seeded women’s single players had left the tournament. Cheung Ngan Yi from Hong Kong, seeded 16, couldn’t prevent her Chinese opponent Chen Xiaoxin from winning in two games, 21-19 21-14. The Malaysian World Junior Champion from 2015, Goh Jin Wei, followed up by taking her first victory against 14th seeded Aya Ohori from Japan, also in two games, 21-18 22-20. A rough start for the seeded players but it wasn’t over yet.
Indonesia’s two shots in men’s single also faced their exit from the World Championships today. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, seeded 12, lost in two games against Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama in the first match between the two since their junior years. And then Denmark’s fighter Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus finally got his first victory in four matches against Tommy Sugiarto. The Dane who played his best match this year in his own opinion won quite confidently by 21-15 21-14.
Brazilian samba in Nanjing
Brazil’s lonely shuttler at this year’s World Championships, Ygor Coelho who is ranked 39 in the world, was up against an Indian who started the match with 200 km/h. HS Prannoy won first game easily by 21-8 before Coelho managed to come back and take his spot in the next round with 21-16 21-15.
Finally Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang (ranked 11, seeded 12) from Chinese Taipei were in trouble in men’s double against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh (ranked 35). The two pairs played their first match against each other in Thailand Open just a few weeks ago and at that time the Malaysians won 21-19 in third game. And today it was copy/paste. For the second time in two matches the Malaysian duo won against Lee and Lee with 21-19 in third game and therefore booked themselves a spot in tomorrow’s matches.
The Minions – a.k.a. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia – who are top seeded at the World Championships in Nanjing were in trouble in their first match this morning against the 24th ranked in the world, Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong from China. The Chinese won first game 21-18, something that the local spectators enjoyed very much. But the favorites used second game to show that they are among the best in the world right now and forced the match into a third game by winning 21-14. Third game was close again and after 52 minutes Gideon and Sukamuljo had secured their continuous journey to the medals with another 21-18.
Tomorrow they will face Russia’s strong duo, Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov, who had a fairly easy day in the office today. The Russians won in just 26 minutes against Minh Bao and Bao Duc Duong from Vietnam and therefore follow several of their fellow European into the next round.
Danish double success
Denmark’s three men’s doubles, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding and Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, all won their matches today against pairs from the Netherlands, China and India respectively. The Danish women, Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen, followed up by winning their match against Turkish pair Bengisu Ercetin and Nazlican Inci and will be up against the strong Thai duo, Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, tomorrow. It will be a tough battle for the Danes who is down 0-3 in their head-to-head with the Thais.
Chinese singles are cruising
Apart from Huang Yuxiang who lost against reigning World Champion, Viktor Axelsen, in a very strange match – read more about that here – all three Chinese men’s singles cruised fairly easily into the third round. Shi Yuqi, Lin Dan and Chen Long all beat their opponents in straight games and it will take something special from all other players to avoid Chinese medals in men’s singles in Nanjing this week.