So­ratja, Salakjit and Poom­pat shine for Thai­land on open­ing day

Bangkok Post - - Sports -

Tokyo — Thai­land’s So­ratja Chan­srisukot knocked 1998 Asian Games gold medal­list Kanako Yonekura of Ja­pan 21-18, 21-19 in the first round of the women’s com­pe­ti­tion in the Ja­pan Open bad­minton cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

It was a fine dis­play by So­ratja who moved about the court quickly and showed some deft touches and fierce smashes.

Thai­land’s Salakjit Pol­sana also won but was made to fight hard be­fore over­com­ing Yip Pui-yin of hong Kong 21-17, 21-19.

In the men’s sec­ond round ac­tion, Salakjit’s brother Boon­sak, seeded fifth, beat Takashi Kawauchi of ja­pan 21-15, 21-5, while Poom­pat Sap­kulchana­nart had an ex­cel­lent 21-15, 9-21, 23-21 vic­tory over Malaysia’s num­ber nine seed Keoh Kay Bin.

Olympic cham­pion Tau­fik Hi­dayat came through a tough three-game match to knock China’s world sil­ver medal­list Bao Chun­lai out of tour­na­ment.

The en­counter was on a knife-edge at 18-18 in the fi­nal game be­fore the un­seeded In­done­sian ral­lied to win 21-12, 12-21, 21-19.

‘‘It was tough for the first match. But it was a bit un­lucky for me to play such a strong op­po­nent in my first match since my rank­ing has gone down,’’ said Tau­fik, 25.

‘‘Be­cause, even if I had lost, it’s all right. But if I win, it gives me a big­ger chance to ad­vance fur­ther. I can con­cen­trate on my other matches bet­ter than to­day.’’

Hi­dayat’s next op­po­nent will be Ja­pan’s Koichi Saeki, who beat ninth seed Ng Wei of Hong Kong and Yusuke Shinkai in his open­ing matches.

Mean­while world cham­pion and top seed Lin Dan of China eased aside Ja­pan’s Yusuke Arita 21-11, 21-17 in his open­ing match.

Asian cham­pion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, the sec­ond seed, downed for­mer Asian cham­pion Soni Dwi Kun­coro of In­done­sia 21-13, 21-18.

Euro­pean cham­pion Peter Gade of Den­mark thrashed Takuma Ueda of Ja­pan 21-13, 21-13.

For­mer Ja­pan Open cham­pi­ons Muham­mad Roslin Hashim of Malaysia and Ron­ald Susilo of Sin­ga­pore also reached the third round along with Chen Hong, Roslin’s brother Muham­mad Hafiz Hashim, and Si­mon San­toso of In­done­sia.

Joint ninth seed Shoji Sato of Ja­pan and Dicky Palyama of the Nether­lands failed to clear the first hur­dle.

In­done­sia’s Tau­fik Hi­dayat re­turns a shot to third-seeded Bao Chun­lai of China dur­ing their men’s sin­gles sec­ond round match yes­ter­day. Hi­dayat beat Bao 21-12, 12-21, 21-19.

Top-seeded Lin Dan of China hits a shot back to Yusuke Arita of Ja­pan dur­ing their men’s sin­gles sec­ond round match. Lin beat Arita 21-11, 21-17.

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