CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — Olympic and world champion Lin Dan was off to a flying start at the China Masters badminton event here on Wednesday, easing past teammate Qiu Yanbo 21-13, 21-13 in the men’s singles first round.
Men’s singles world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia also booked a second round berth in a one-sided match where the 27-year-old pushed aside Asian champion Lu Qicheng, a Changzhou local, 21-8, 21-16.
Lin, turning 26 on Monday, smashed 22 winners and proved to be a more consistent player to win 42 of the 68 rallies in the 32-minute match.
"I think Qiu is a little bit nervous today, maybe because he wanted to do a good job in his hometown," said Lin, who had scored a badminton grand slam — winning the Beijing Olympics, three world championships, two Thomas Cup and two Sudirman Cup team events.
"He can do really well when we train in the national team but competition is so much different from practice," he added.
Denmark aces Joachim Persson and Peter Gade all made easy victories as Persson breezed past Chinese Liu Jingru 21-16, 21-15 and Gade dismantled Alistair Casey of Scotland 21-8, 21-8.
World championships runner-up Chen Jin beat compatriot Zhou Wenlong 21-17, 21-10. South Korea’s Asian champion Park Sung Hwan, seeded sixth, worked his way to the second round by beating youth world champion Wang Zhengming 21-18, 22-20.
"I felt I had a chance to win but lack of technique changes resulted in the loss," said the 19-year-old Chinese.
Malaysian veteran Wong Choong Hann fell to 20-year-old Chen Long, 2007 junior world champion, 21-9, 21-17.
In women’s singles, all seeded players sailed through to the second round after world champion Xie Xingfang, seeded sixth, withdrew due to injury.
World number one Zhou Mi clinched the expected victory over South Korean Jang soo Young 21-15, 21-18 and second seed Wang Lin outplayed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand, 21-14, 21-13.
Fourth seed Tine Rasmussen of Denmark set up a second round meeting with Wang Xin after her victory over another Chinese Zhang Yuchun 12-21, 21-15, 21-13.
Changzhou native Lu Lan eased into the women’s singles second round as the fifth seed brushed aside compatriot Zhu Lin 21-13, 21-9.
Pi Hongyan, representing France toiled to get past Hong Kong player Yip Pui Yin 30-29, 21-18 and Wang Chen clinched a second spot in the second round for Hong Kong.
Mixed doubles pair Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama and Hoi Wah Chau became the first high-profile casualties at the China Masters badminton tournament here on Wednesday.
They were followed by sixth-seeded Songphon Anugritayawon/Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand who lost toKo Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun of South Korea 21-8, 21-17.
The 2009 South Korean Open bronze medallists Wiratama and Chau from Hong Kong, China were surprised by Chinese teenage pair Chai Biao and Xia Huan 21-17, 21-19 in 30 minutes in the first round ofthe super series event.
"It is the first time we played this pair," said Chau. Chau and Wiratama, seeded number four here, defeated Chai Biao and Bao Yixin in May’s national games qualifier before they booked a place in the final to be held in October in Shandong province.
Unlike many other Chinese players who took the Masters as a tune-up for the national games, Chau said it was just a normal tournament for them and complained about the judge.
"I don’t think the judges are very good," she said.
Women’s doubles Olympic champions Du Jing and Yu Yang defeated Liu Xin and Luo Ying 21-9, 21-5 to advance.
Most men’s doubles seeds got first round byes. The Chinese pairs narrowly missed a clean sweep of the first round after South Korean pairs Cho Gun Woo/Yoo Yeon Seong and Ko Sung Hyun/Kwon Yi Goo broke through the siege of Chinese legion.