Li summon smoothness

Michelle Li (CAN)[8] beat Gregoria Mariska Tanjung (INA) 13-21, 21-18, 21-13

Michelle Li who was seeded first last year initially looked as though she was on course for a repeat first round exit.

Mid-second game onwards, the Canadian managed to summon smoothness in her shot-making. Her signature cross-court cut drop-shots began appearing as instant winners.

Li’s extra height, reach, and physical strength gave her the advantage over Tanjung in the rubber, who at one point did the splits but still didn’t retrieve the shuttle.