SINGAPORE - Singapore's top women's shuttler Liang Xiaoyu was knocked out of the OUE Singapore Open on Wednesday night, losing 18-21, 4-21 to China's Sun Yu in their first round match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 19-year-old Singaporean, ranked 42nd, explained after the game that she found it difficult to find a way to overcome her towering 1.83m-tall world No. 12 opponent, who is also the defending champion at this event.
Liang admitted that she did not put in a satisfactory performance. She said: "I played too nervously. In the later part of the match, I thought that I couldn't overcome her, so I became a little impatient. Her legs and arms are longer so I wanted to make her run more, but then I couldn't control my strokes and made mistakes.
"Her attack was not as powerful as I thought it would be. But my opponent made it difficult for me to earn points. Probably because my shots are not much of a threat for her."
Liang had trailed for most of the first set, falling behind 8-15 at one point. But she clawed back to level at 18-all.
She said "When the score was 18-18, when I wanted to win it, I became impatient. And when I am impatient, it's easy to lose points."
Meanwhile, surprise qualifier Grace Chua put up greater resistance in her match against Japanese world No. 14 Sayaka Sato, but her more experienced opponent was far too superior, beating the Singaporean 21-11, 21-11.
Said Chua: "It was a good learning experience for me today. This standard is much higher than what we have at training. She's much faster and stronger in her returns. She increased her pace of the game and I couldn't keep up. I have to keep training and hope that one day I can match up to their standards.
"But I was excited more than nervous. There was no pressure for me."
National men's doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya progressed to the second round of the men's doubles by defeating Malaysian duo Tai An Khang and Hong Kheng Yew 21-18, 21-19 in clash between qualifiers on Wednesday.
They will next face Japanese duo Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, who upset sixth seeds Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang of South Korea 22-24, 21-16, 21-14.
Chrisnanta and Wijaya had just teamed up last November and they were pleased with their performance. Said Chrisnanta: "It was a great win today and a close match. We were motivated today on court... to play our best.
"We didn't expect ourselves to go this far in the competition. To win today is already a bonus for us."