Intanon, winner here in 2016, had it easy in her opening test over India’s Sai Uttejitha, 21-9 21-6, but will expect a harder test against the 20-year-old Chinese prodigy, who beat her the last time they played, at the All England earlier this month.
Chen brushed aside the challenge of Indonesia’s Yulia Yosephin Susanto, 21-15 21-11, and joined four of her compatriots in the second round – Han Yue, Cai Yanyan, Li Xuerui and He Bingjiao.
Match of the Day
Wong was in control of the match at 17-11 in the decider, but Kidambi hit a purple patch at that stage, winning 10 of the next 12 points to seal Wong’s fate, 21-16 18-21 21-19.
India’s men’s singles players had a good day, with Subhankar Dey upsetting fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia), 14-21 22-20 21-11, HS Prannoy overcoming Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Thailand), 14-21 21-18 21-14, and Sameer Verma shutting out Rasmus Gemke (Denmark) 21-18 21-12.
“The level of competition in women’s singles is huge. It is as good as men’s singles. It is an Olympic qualification year and I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I want to win four or five titles this season, but I will first look at reaching the quarterfinals and take it from there,” – Ratchanok Intanon.
Did You Know?
Former India Open champion Li Xuerui faces He Bingjiao in the second round. Li has a 2-1 record over her younger compatriot, but He Bingjiao won their last match in November 2018.