Taipei: Former back-up shuttler of Malaysia Tan Chun Seang struggled in Taiwan Open badminton championships opening match before overcoming gallant Taiwanese Chu Han-chou 21-6, 20-22, 21-17.
Chun Seang, the 14th seed, was banned by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) from taking part in any international tournaments for two years in 2009 after his abrupt resignation from the national team had angered BAM. He will face Japan’s Riichi Takeshita in the second round.
Thomas Cup reserve Goh Soon Huat was pushed hard by homester Shih Kuei-chun before booking his second round berth by ousting the Taiwanese 21-19, 18-21, 22-20. Soon Huat will need a miracle if he is to bypass two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China on Thursday.
The world number 48 men’s doubles pair Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi surprised the Taiwanese crowd by outmuscled their way past local favorite 8th seeds Liang Jui-wei-Liao Kuan-hao 21-12, 21-12 in the men’s doubles first round.
Malaysia’s back-up pair Tai An Khang-Woon Mun Choon continued their brilliant form with straight set win over Taiwanese Liu Wei-chen-Yang Po-han 21-17 21-15 on Wednesday. They will play Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata of Japan in second round.
Professionals shuttlers Mak Hee Chun-Chow Pak Chuu fought back to knock off reigning Asian junior champions Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Siwei of China 21-19, 16-21, 21-19. They will clash with Indonesia’s Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira-Ade Yusuf on Thursday. The unseeded Indonesian pair upset third seeds Lee Sheng-me-Tsai Chia-hsin 21-19, 22-20 in the first round.
Other Malaysian who made it to the second round are:
WD Amelia Alicia Anscelly /Soong Fie Cho (Malaysia) defeated Misato Aratama/Megumi Taruno (Japan) 11-21 21-16 21-11
WS Sannatasah Saniru (Malaysia) defeated Millicent Wiranto (Indonesia) 21-19 22-20