2018 Australian Badminton Open BWF Tour Super 300
Day 3 – Round of 16
Fourth seeds and reigning World Junior champions Baek Ha Na / Lee Yu Rim continue on their merry way with a straightforward victory over Americans Emily Kan / Isabel Zhong, 21-15, 21-5.
Their quarter-final is going to be against compatriots who were runners-up in separate Superseries tournaments last year. Kong Hee Yong made the Japan Open final while Kim Hye Rin’s best achievement was reaching the China Open final.
Top seeds Misato Aratama / Akane Watanabe were all business and kinetic energy in advancing over Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda / Meirisa Cindy Sahputri, 21-13, 21-16. In the next round, the Japanese face another Indonesian duo made up of a twice Grand Prix champion and former World Junior bronze medallist – Rosyita Eka Putri Sari and Yulfira Barkah.
India’s second seed Sai Praneeth was too good for Panji Ahmad Maulana, 21-12, 21-14, in their maiden encounter. Maulana was outplayed by his opponent’s vast experience against fast players (like recent world #1 Srikanth Kidambi), and as desperation set in began to commit unforced errors on trying to create tighter returns than he needed to.
Now all three World Junior champions have been eliminated from the men’s draw. In losing the first game Zhao Junpeng managed to tire out Sun Feixiang and the rest of the match was a normal day’s work, 16-21, 21-10, 21-11. The younger Sun was left with only dropshot options at the closing of the second game.
2007 World Championship silver medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro relied on a good reading of the opponent and fully trusting his instincts to survive the encounter with Malaysia’s Chong Yee Han, 8-21, 21-17, 21-18. Malaysia also suffered defeat on the adjacent court when seventh seed Lee Cheuk Yiu came from behind in the decider to go ahead of Cheam June Wei, 21-17, 12-21, 22-20. Lee managed to save a shuttle that hit the net and went over with the same kind of reply near the very end.
The crowd rose to their feet when the rubber game went into deuce territory between the youngsters from Korea and China. In amongst the long flat rallies, each side was trying to find a way to come forward and took the risk for the big reward. Mistakes and winners were made by both sides but Ou Xuanyi / Ren Xiangyu framed their last attempt to give the match to Kang Min Hyuk / Kim Won Ho, 17-21, 21-18, 26-24.
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