Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian & Li Xuerui off to good start at Indonesia Open

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Wang Yihan has to show her worth through Indonesia Open before China decide who to send to the Rio Olympics. (photo: Getty)

Jakarta: Chinese shuttlers got off to a solid start at the BCA Indonesia Open on Tuesday.

World No. 4 women’s singles shuttler Wang Yihan of China was in excellent form as she eased past Michelle Li of Canada in straight-sets 21-19, 21-18 in 46 minutes. Wang will play Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.Wang Yihan has to show her worth through Indonesia Open before China decide who to send to the Rio Olympics. (photo: Getty)

Sixth seeded Wang Shixian, however was forced to come through a tough opener before beating South Korean Bae Yeon Ju 21-12, 15-21 and 21-12 in 68 minutes.

The 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China also showed her resilient effort against local shuttler Ruselli Hartawan, fought back from one set down to beat the Indonesian 16-21, 21-8, 21-11.

Nevertheless, women’s singles No. 2 seed Ratchanok Intanon was upset in her opening match in Jakarta when she went down to Sun Yu of China 15-21, 18-21. This was Sun’s second victory against the former World Champion in their seventh encounter.

China also had 3 mixed doubles pairs advanced to the second round. Top seeds Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei waltzed to an opening victory over Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia with 21-18, 21-17 in 45 minutes.

No. 6 seeds Liu Chen/Bao Yixin also managed to brush aside South Korean Lee Yong Dae/Le So He 21-19, 21-19 in the first round of mixed doubles event.

Unseeded Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong of China opened up their campaigns with a stellar performance to stun Indonesia’s No. 8 seeds Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto 21-15, 21-10 in just 33 minutes.

“This would not affect us much. Instead, it was a good lesson for us to learn from before the Rio Olympics. We should learn how not to let pressure get to us,” said Jordan.

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