In the opening round of the Yonex Open Japan 2013, the Chinese player Chen Long had to suffer a loss at the hands of little-known Japanese qualifier, Kazuteru Kozai with 24-22, 21-16.
In Men’s Singles draw, the other important results include the ambush of China’s Wang Zhengming, the victorious of the Adidas China Masters on Sunday in a thrilling final, by wily Vietnamese, Nguyen Tien Minh (5) with 14-21, 21-11 and 21-14. Other upsets included Japanese qualifier Yuichi Ikeda’s defeat of Thailand’s No. 4 seed Boonsak Ponsana (11-5 retired) and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk’s (Thailand) 30-28, 21-13 result over Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia, 6).
Meanwhile, Indian players came up with shocking results; the wrecker-in-chief being Kidambi Srikanth, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise last year. The 20-year-old won a pulsating contest against Japan’s Sho Sasaki, semi-finalist at the Adidas China Masters last week. Srikanth sealed the victory with 22-20, 22-24 and 21-18 in 68 minutes.
Indian players HS Prannoy, Anand Pawar and Ajay Jayaram also join his team mate later on. Both Prannoy and Pawar – like Srikanth – prevailed in tense three-game affairs over higher-ranked opponents. Prannoy, a former Youth Olympics silver medallist, fought hard and came out victorious against Wong Wing Ki (Hong Kong) in 67 minutes with 15-21, 21-17 and 24-22. Anand Pawar also made light of the difference of 25 ranking places with opponent Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Indonesia, 12), triumphing with 21-17, 7-21 and 21-18.
Top seed Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) cruised into a second-round clash against Pawar with a win over Hsu Jen Hao (Chinese Taipei) 21-15, 21-9.
In Women’s Singles draw, Aya Ohori and Shizuka Uchida (both Japan) were beneficiaries of walkovers from the top two seeds Li Xuerui of China and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand respectively. Defending champion Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) had a win comfortably in the opening round against Canada’s Nicole Grether: 21-11, 6-2 retired.
All England Men’s Doubles champions Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (China, 4) staved off a fierce challenge from Kenta Kazuno/Kazushi Yamada (Japan) to advance into the second round and seized the tie 23-21, 19-21 and 21-16.
In Women’s Doubles, India Open Superseries title holders Miyuki Maeda/Satoko Suetsuna (Japan, 6) remained unable to capitalise on home-court advantage, crashing out 19-21 21-12 21-14 to Indonesian duo, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii.
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