KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) — Top Malaysian men's singles shuttler Chong Wei continued his convincing run after beating compatriot Muhd Hafiz Hashim in the first round of the Japan Open at that Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Wednesday.
Chong Wei, world number three and the fourth seed, took less than 30 minutes to overcome the 2003 All-England champion, Hafiz, 22-20, 21-8.
According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website, Chong Wei, the Indonesian Open champion in May, will battle Ronald Susilo in the second round tomorrow after the Indonesian-born Singapore shuttler upset the Kuala Lumpur World Championship finalist, Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.
Ronald Susilo, ranked world number 14, who beat Chong Wei in the fourth round of the Swiss Open in March, took 46 minutes to beat the world number eight 23-11, 21-16.
Also joining Chong Wei in the second round were the elder of the two Hashim brothers, Roslin, and Yeoh Kay Bin.
But a tough match await them as Roslin is expected to square off with world champion and top seed Lin Dan of China while Kay Bin will face the 2004 Athens Olympic champion, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, seeded ninth, caused an upset by beating the second seed, Bao Chunlai of China, 21-19, 12-21, 22-20 in an entertaining first-round clash today.
In the women's singles, Malaysia's badminton jewel Wong Mew Choo smashed her way to victory over Kim Moon Hi of South Korea in straight sets 21-11, 21-18 while Julia Wong was shown the exit by another South Korean, Jun Jae Youn, losing 15-21, 12-21.
In the second round tomorrow, Mew Chew, the Malaysia Open runner-up, will meet the world's top woman shuttler and the second seed, Xie Xin Fang of China.
Earlier, the only Malaysian mixed doubles pair, Tan Wee Kiong/Woon Khe Wei, was sent packing by the South Korean mixed pair of Lee Jae Jin/Hwang Yu Mi, 14-21, 15-21.