Top seeds through at Macau Open

Men’s top seed Chou Tien Chen and women’s number one seed Saina Nehwal marched on in the singles at badminton’s Macau Open on Wednesday.

Chou from Chinese Taipei was made to battle for 57 minutes before beating China’s Guo Kai 21-23, 21-17, 21-14 to set up a third-round clash with Zhu Siyuan of China after he defeated Macau’s Pang Fong Pui 21-10, 21-7.

In other men’s singles second round action, there was an upset when unseeded Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia beat Hong Kong’s fourth seed Hu 21-17, 21-7 in just 31 minutes while fifth seed Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong battles for over an hour on court in a tight match to get past Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain 21-8, 21-23, 21-19.

Chinese Taipei sixth seed Tzu Wei Wang stayed on track by beating Indonesia’s Henrikho Kho Wibowo 21-19, 14-21, 21-9 and, in an upset, unseeded Liew Daren of Malaysia cruised past Hong Kong eighth seed Wei Nan 21-13, 21-15.

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia eased past Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chia Hsuan 21-13, 21-7 in just 27 minutes.

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In women’s singles second round action, India’s top seed Nehwal spent over an hour on court to battle past Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia 21-23, 21-14, 21-18 and set up a quarter-final matchup against Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia after she defeated Hong Kong’s Tsang Wing Chiu Avery 21-19, 21-11.

In an upset, unseeded Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia beat fourth seed Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei 25-23, 17-21, 21-11 in 63 minutes while fifth seed Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia downed Indonesia’s Erlina Kurnianti 21-12, 21-10 in just 22 minutes.

China’s sixth seed Chen Yufei got past unseeded Indonesian Jesica Muljati 21-9, 21-17; seventh-seeded Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore crushed Indonesia’s Azisah Syafitri Nur 21-6, 21-3 while in another upset, unseeded Wan Yi Tang of Chinese Taipei cruised past eighth seed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong 21-19, 21-14.

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