China's joint fifth seed Chen Hong breezed into the second round of
the badminton world championship with a 21-11, 21-9 victory over
Pedro Yang of Guatemala in Madrid, Spain.
The Chinese, a semifinalist at the Thailand Open this year and
winner of the China Open and the All England last year, put Yang
under heavy pressure throughout, forcing him into a series of
errors at the Palacio de Deportes.
Chen will meet Simon Maunoury in his next match after the
Frenchman eased past Iran's Kaveh Mehrabi 21-17, 21-7.
Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat easily beat 13th-seeded Ng Wei
of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-14 in the first round of the world badminton
Taufik, who is unseeded after dropping out of the top 16 in the
world rankings despite being the defending champion, trailed 16-13
in the first game before winning six straight points to take
control at Palacio des Desportes.
After the win, the Indonesian called for the sport to use
technology to help clarify disputed line calls. Three weeks ago,
the 25-year-old Hidayat walked out during the Hong Kong Open
quarterfinals over a disputed call.
"I would like us to use cameras like tennis," Hidayat said. "It
would be good if we could challenge decisions and ask the umpire to
In the women's event world No. 3 Xie Xingfang, seeded joint
third in Madrid, was expected to begin her bid to retain her title
when she was scheduled to take on Kati Tolmoff in a first round
match later yesterday.
In a nail-biting first round contest Austria's Simone Prutsch
managed to stave off a determined fightback from Finland's Nina
Weckstrom to win through 21-10, 19-21, 24-22.
In Monday's action, Joachim Persson of Denmark topped Olympic
silver medalist Shon Seung-mo of South Korea 22-20, 21-13 in the
Shon had beaten Persson last month at the Korea Open.
"Even though I lost to him in Korea, I always felt I could win,"
Persson said. "I've been in good form and when I won the first game
from the tricky end of the arena that just boosted my
On the women's side, Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia saved four match
points and rallied to beat Chinese Taipei's Chien Yu-chin 18-22,
"When I was down in the second game I didn't have anything to
lose," she said. "I just tried my best to get the points."
(Shanghai Daily September 20, 2006)