Taufik Hidayat is still on course for his fourth Asian Championship title after winning two matches on Wednesday.
Indonesia’s top men’s shuttler, the No. 1 seed in men’s singles, opened with a 21-6, 21-9 win against Indra Mehata of Nepal before beating Vietnam’s Le Ha Anh 21-10, 21-16 in the second round at Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi.
“I had an easy day, but I don’t want to think about going to the final,” Taufik told the Jakarta Globe. “There are still many matches to go, and I’ll take it one at a time.”
Taufik, the Asian champion in 2000, 2004 and 2007, next faces Taiwan’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi, who beat Dinuka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka 21-19, 21-14.
The 28-year-old is one of the favorites, along with second-seeded Lin Dan of China, to win the title in the absence of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
“I can say I have a pretty good draw. I think I have a chance to go all the way,” Taufik said.
Lin also eased his way into the tournament, beating Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-11, 21-14 in the first round and knocking off Anand Pawar of India 21-14, 21-12 in the second.
Andre Kurniawan Tedjono joined Taufik in the third round after beating compatriot Nugroho Andi Saputro 21-18, 21-18. Indonesia’s other men’s singles shuttlers were not as fortunate, with Tommy Sugiarto falling 21-14, 21-16 to No. 13 seed Kashyap Parupalii of India in the second round and Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka going down 21-14, 21-15 against Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen.
Indonesia enjoyed success in mixed doubles, as well. Tantowi Ahmad and Greysia Polii scored a surprising 21-19, 21-14 victory over No. 4 seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand, while Devin Lahardi Fitriawan and Liliyana Natsir ousted India’s Tarun Kona and Shruti Kurian 21-9, 21-9.
Muhammad Rijal and Debby Sutanto could not follow suit, though, as they lost 21-18, 13-21, 21-11 to Taiwan’s Lee Sheng Mu and Chien Yu Chin.
In women’s singles, Linda Weni Fanetri fell 21-18, 21-11 to Singapore’s Xing Aiying, while Maria Kristin Yulianti lost 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 to No. 2 seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong.