SINGAPORE : Singapore’s highest ranked female badminton player Xing Aiying made it past the first round of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open at the Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Last year’s women’s quarter-finalist Xing was up against Denmark’s Nanna Brosolat Jensen.
Xing, ranked world No. 26, overcame her rival in straight sets 21-7, 21-18.
In the mixed doubles, Singapore’s Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Hendra Wijaya beat Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah, 21-9, 17-21, 21-10.
The women’s doubles pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Japan’s Maeda Miyuki and Suetsana Satoko 21-15, 21-15.
Other big names also took to the courts.
Top seed and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia was up against England’s Andrew Smith. The defending champ had no problems demolishing his 22nd ranked opponent 21-11, 21-12 in just half an hour.
Round two of the US$200,000 competition continues on Thursday.