Top Seeds Crash out in Singapore

Upsets ruled the day as both top seeds in the men’s and women’s doubles crashed out of in the second round of the Li Ning Singapore Open at the Indoor Stadium on Thursday. In men’s singles, India’s P. Kashyap outgunned Vietnam’s third seed Nguyen Tienh Minh.

While World No 1 Lee Chong Wei and women’s singles top seed Saina Nehwal continued their progress, Japan’s women’s doubles suffered a blow when both the No 1 and No 2 seeds crashed out to scratch pairs.

Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna, the top seeds, were beaten by India’s Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-17, 15-21, 21-19 while Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari-Greysia Polii sent Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa packing with a 23-21, 10-21, 21-19 win to check into the quarter-finals.

Jwala-Ashwini will take on Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei while Meiliana-Greysia will take on South Korea’s Ha Jung Eun-Jung Kyung Eun.

In men’s doubles, Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were stopped by South Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong 21-19, 21-13 as upsets continued to rule Round Two of the Li Ning Singapore Open.

Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia and Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, the No 2 and No 3 seeds respectively, however, did not have any problems as they marched into the last eight with convincing wins over Chinese Taipei’s Hu Chung Hsien-Tsai Chia Hsin (21-8, 21-15) and England’s Marcus Ellis-Peter Mills (21-10, 21-12) respectively in the first round.

In the second round, which was also played on Thursday, Markis-Hendra beat the Indonesia-Singapore pair of Ronald Susilo-Candra Wijaya 21-12, 21-17 while Boe-Morgensen beat another English pair Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark 14-21, 21-19, 21-19.

In the men’s singles, Kashyap’s win over Tien Minh paved the way for an all-India quarter-final as he will take on Arvind Bhat who beat England’s Rajiv Ouseph in the second round.

Chong Wei, top seed, needed another three-game win to check into the last eight with Indonesia’s Hayom Rumbaka proving to be a stubborn customer. The Malaysian went on to win 21-13, 16-21, 21-19.

Netherlands’ Dicky Palyama, who beat Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen in the first round, continued his winning ways with a straight games win (21-8, 21-13) over Malaysia’s Hafiz Hashim and will play former Singapore Open champion Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the last eight.

Saina, looking for her second title in as many weeks, will face a stern test as she will take on China’s Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals and if the Indian wins, reigning world champion Lu Lan will be her likely opponent in the semi-finals.

Saina, won won the Indian Open title last week, beat Russia’s Ella Diehl 21-13, 23-21.

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