Bangkok: Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli had little trouble in his opening match at Thailand Masters GPG on Monday as he overcame Andrew Susanto in straight sets 21-17, 21-16 to get his campaign off to a good start. Zulfadli will take on Andre Marteen of Indonesia on Tuesday.
However, it was a complete different story for 22-year-old Malaysian Goh Giap Chin as he had to hustle his way from two qualifying matches before beating compatriot Chong Yee Han 14-21, 21-13, 21-15 in 53 minutes. Giap Chin will face sixth seed Angus Ng Ka Long in the men’s singles second round.
Zulfadli Zulkiffli’s younger brother Zulhelmi also survived a major scare in the opening round of Thailand GPG, beating Alistair Casey of Scotland 21-17, 21-19 to cruise into the men’s singles second round.
Malaysia’s men’s doubles pairs Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, women’s doubles pairs Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei, Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho and mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying will play their first math on Tuesday.