SINGAPORE - The Singapore badminton team will have no more representation left in the OUE Singapore Open women's doubles event, after both Singaporean pairs lost in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday.
Elaine Chua and Citra Dewi Sari were beaten 21-10, 21-14 by top seeds and world No. 1 Japanese pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, while qualifiers Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong lost 16-21, 19-21 to Hsin Tien-chang and Ling Fang-hu of Chinese Taipei.
Said Dewi Sari, 20: "I gained experience because they are the world No. 1. Having this chance to play with them, I tried my best."
Chua, 19, added: "I think we can learn a lot from them, since they're more steady and stable on court and we're still young players. And I think we still have a lot more improvements to make."
Singapore's top women's singles player Liang Xiaoyu and surprise qualifier Grace Chua will be playing their first round matches at the Singapore Indoor Stadium later on Wednesday evening.