Friday, 17 May 2024

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The OUE Singapore Open 2016 kicked off with some thrilling matches as top seed Chen Long fought his way to the second round. Despite not being at his best, the experienced two-time World champion managed to overcome a tough challenge from HS Prannoy, winning 18-21, 21-18, 21-19. On the other hand, No.5 seed Jan Jorgensen suffered an early exit, losing 21-16, 22-20 to Japanese veteran Sho Sasaki.

Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei and Kidambi Srikanth from India also faced early exits in the tournament. Chou fell to Ng Ka Long from Hong Kong in a match that ended 21-9, 21-19, while Srikanth couldn’t capitalize on a strong start against Hsu Jen Hao from Chinese Taipei, losing 11-21, 21-18, 21-18.

The highlight of the day was the intense battle between Chen and Prannoy, which featured three closely contested games. Chen, who has never reached the quarter-finals of this tournament, fought back from the brink of defeat multiple times and eventually emerged victorious. Despite admitting that his performance was below par, Chen’s composure and determination secured him the win.

In the Women’s Singles category, Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei, the No.7 seed, failed to replicate her success from the previous tournament in Malaysia. She was beaten by China’s He Bingjiao, who won 19-21, 21-17, 21-17. Top seed Carolina Marin advanced to the next round comfortably, as did Ratchanok Intanon, who is aiming for her third consecutive World Superseries title.

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The Men’s Doubles matches mostly followed the seedings, except for the surprise defeat of Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang. The Koreans, fresh off their victory in Malaysia, were outplayed by Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda from Japan, who won 22-24, 21-16, 21-14. In the Mixed Doubles category, Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong from China, who had recently claimed the India title, couldn’t make it past the first round. They were defeated by their compatriots Liu Yuchen and Tang Jinhua in a thrilling encounter that ended 21-15, 20-22, 21-8.

Overall, the OUE Singapore Open 2016 has already provided spectators with plenty of excitement and surprises. Fans can expect more thrilling matches in the coming days as the tournament progresses.