Badminton: Three S'pore entries through to world c'ships 2nd rd but face tough rivals

Singapore's Derek Wong returning the shuttle during the men's badminton tournament against Cheng Phor Rom of Cambodia during the 28th Sea Games held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on  June 13, 2015.
Singapore's Derek Wong returning the shuttle during the men's badminton tournament against Cheng Phor Rom of Cambodia during the 28th Sea Games held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 13, 2015. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - The Republic's shuttlers enjoyed a fine opening day at the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta on Monday, with three of the four entries making the second round although much tougher opposition is looming.

Singapore's top men's singles player Derek Wong made quick work of beating Tan Yuhan (21-14, 13-8) as the Belgian retired after just 28 minutes.

On Wednesday, Wong will play Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, who upset English 16th seed Rajiv Ouseph 21-16, 21-12, and the match offers a quick chance for the Singaporean to avenge his defeat by the Thai in the quarter-finals of June's SEA Games individual event.

Women's singles player Chen Jiayuan easily took out Russian Ksenia Polikarpova 21-14, 21-9 in a mere 25 minutes but she faces the formidable fourth seed Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei in the next round on Wednesday.

Likewise, mixed doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, who have fifth-seeded Danes Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen , the 2012 Olympic bronze medallists, waiting on Tuesday.

The Singaporeans had thumped Canada's Nyl Yakura and Brittney Tam 21-12, 21-9 in only 20 minutes.

But Neo will not see further action in the women's doubles after she and Shinta Mulia Sari were edged out 19-21, 22-20, 21-19 by Malaysia's Lim Yin Loo and Lee Meng Yean in a 1hr 13min cliffhanger.

They will rue their luck, squandering two match points at 20-18 in the second game and again choking when up 19-17 in the decider.

The only other shock on the first day was also in the men's singles, with Taiwanese sixth seed Chou Tien-chen being crushed in less than 40 minutes by unseeded Malaysian shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli 21-5, 22-20.