Singapore: World No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Chen Long avoided a first round exit on Thursday, surviving an almighty scare from Indian shuttler H. S. Prannoy at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Chen who was looking to bounce back and recover from his loss to Lee Chong Wei in last Sunday’s Malaysia Open final, was made to work and came from one set deficit to overhaul Prannoy 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 in 71 minutes.
“The game started very early (9.55am) for me, I made a lot of mistakes and I feel relief to get through the match,” said Chen.
Chen will play unseeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the second round. Ponsana defeated Chinese Taipei qualifier Lin Yu Hsien 22-20, 21-15 on Wednesday.
Lin Dan who marked his return to Singapore for the first time after he conceded to teammate Chen Jin in the 2011 Singapore Open men’s singles final, advanced to the second round in an imperious straight sets victory over Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa with 21-16, 21-19. He faces Indonesian Christie Jonatan next.
In men’s doubles, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia made quick work of Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Alvin Mirada of Philippines in a 23-21, 21-5 first round romp that lasted just 27 minutes. Goh/Tan will look for revenge over world No. 1 pair Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-Seong of South Korea in Thursday’s men’s doubles second round after losing to the Korean pair in the second round of the Malaysian Open last week.
Last week’s Malaysia Open women’s singles champion Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon got off to a strong start, breezed past Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi 21-14, 21-10 to storm into second round.
World No. 1 women’s singles player Carolina Marin of Spain also strolled through her opening match, fending off Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri 21-12, 21-9.