Ratchanok quelled a late fightback in the first game by rising Chinese star Chen Xiaoxin, winning 21-18, 21-17 in 45 minutes.
“I lost my concentration for a brief while at 17-11. I can’t say I’m happy with my game. I have to raise my level in the second round against Soniia Cheah of Malaysia,” Ratchanok said.
Thai No 3 Nitchaon Jindapol picked off Pai Yu Po of Taiwan 21-17 21-19 but Thai No 2 Busanan Ongbamrungphan suffered her third straight defeat to Chen Yufei of China, 21-13 21-13. After beating Chen in the Thailand Masters in February, Busanan failed to put up a fight against her arch-rival at the All England Open and Singapore Open.
Later in the day, up-and-coming Pornpawee Chochuwong joined the two above players in round two after she beat Taiwanese Chiang Mei Hui 21-11 21-16.
In the men’s singles, Tanongsak Saensonboonsuk rebounded from a second-game loss to move past Zin Rei Ryan Ng of Singapore |21-13 16-21 21-14. Khosit Phetpradab, the other Thai in the men’s singles, upset world No 17 Tzu Wei Wang of Taiwan 21-16 21-14.
Doubles specialist Sapsiree Taerattanachai had mixed luck, winning the mixed doubles before losing the women’s doubles. She and Dechapol Puavaranukroh, fresh from winning the runners-up trophy in Singapore, beat Ronald Ronald and Melati Oktavianti of Indonesia 21-18 23-21.
“We are maintaining our standards. We made some mistakes but we fought our way back to win. We hope to go as far as we can this week,” said Sapsiree, who with partner Puttita Supajirakul lost the women’s doubles match to Hoo Vivian and Woon Khe Wei of Malaysia 21-13 18-21 19-21.
In another mixed doubles match, Nipitphon Phuangphupet and Jongkolphan Kititharakul lost to South Korea’s Solgyu-choi and Chae Yoo-jung 26-24 18-21 21-18.
Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphupet went down to sixth seed Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China 21-6 21-16 in the men’s doubles.
Published : April 26, 2017
By : LERPONG AMSA-NGIAM THE NATION