Kowloon: Three Malaysian mixed doubles pair competed in the 218 Hong Kong Open first round on Tuesday but only two pairs will go on to the second round of the tournament.
The No. 6 seeds Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai, barely broke a sweat in their opener when they strolled to victory over unseeded Ronan Labar/Audrey Mittelheisser of France 21-7, 21-8 in 22 minutes.
Goh/Lai will face Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia in the second round.
There was more good news for Malaysia on Day 1 of the Hong Kong Open as another Malaysian mixed doubles pair, Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing withstood a strong third set comeback by Chang Ko-Chi/Cheng Chi Ya of Taiwan to successfully defeated the Taiwanese pair 20-22, 21-17, 21-18 to move on to the next round. Tan/Lai will play last week’s China Open runners-up and No. 2 seeds Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping of China next.
However, the Rio Olympics mixed doubles silver medalists and No. 6 seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying were beaten by husband and wife pair Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England, crashing out 21-19, 21-16 in 39 minutes.
The Adcocks will take on Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand on Thursday.
In men’s singles, Thailand’s former World No. 9 men’s singles shuttler Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk has qualified for main draw after fighting for 1 hour to see off Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia, 14-21, 21-13, 21-17 in the qualifying round.
The women’s singles qualification saw 20-year-old Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia knocked out the Lee Chia Hsin of Taiwan to enter the main draw. The Indonesian will face China’s World No. 26 Chen Xiaoxin on Wednesday.