Badminton: Hee and Tan sole Singaporeans to survive China Masters opening round

Singapore's badminton mixed doubles world No. 47 pair of Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han are the only local shuttlers to reach the second round of the China Masters in Changzhou, Jiangsu.

On Wednesday, they upset the fifth seeds Choi Sol Gyu and Eom Hye Won from South Korea 18-21, 22-20, 21-12, just a week after shocking the world No. 13 duo at the Singapore Open. And their effort wins them a meeting on Thursday afternoon with Malaysians Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing.

Their compatriots Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, ranked 23rd, fell to Chinese Huang Kaixiang and Huang Dongping 18-21, 23-25.

In the women's singles, China's fifth seed Sun Yu, runner-up at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last week, beat the Republic's top player Liang Xiaoyu 21-12, 21-14.

Meanwhile, Indian men's doubles pair Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar finished off Hee and Loh Kean Hean 21-18, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.

The home team's Shi Yuqi created the only upset in men's singles on Wednesday, beating Japan's Sho Sasaki, the 10th seed 21-12, 21-19, in contrast to Tuesday, when six of the 16 seeds fell at the opening stage.

Lee Dong Keun of Korea had then thumped Singapore's Derek Wong 21-19, 21-9 in 36 minutes, while Lin Guipu of China thrashed Loh Kean Yew by the exact scoreline, in two minutes fewer.