Baek Ha Na and Lee Yu Lim avenged their Korea Masters final loss to Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong by beating them in the opening round of the GR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING Thailand Open 2022.
Baek/Lee beat their higher-ranked compatriots Kim/Kong 21-18 21-11 to set up a second round clash with Malaysia’s Anna Cheong/Teoh Mei Xing.
In the top half of the draw, sixth seeds Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida overcame a first game loss to beat China’s Du Yue/Li Wen Mei 18-21 21-15 21-10. Matsuyama/Shida next take on Korea’s Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong, who overcame Rin Iwanaga/Kie Nakanishi in a close battle, 25-23 15-21 21-17.
♦ In the first qualifying round of men’s singles, Priyanshu Rajawat beat Christo Popov in straight games, but then fell in a three-game battle to Li Shi Feng 21-10 22-24 21-12.
♦ In men’s doubles, Christo Popov and his older brother Toma Junior Popov beat compatriots Fabien Delrue/William Villeger 24-22 26-24.
♦ Among the close matches of the day was Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan’s first round win over MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila 21-12 19-21 21-19.
♦ Ashmita Chaliha, Lauren Lam, Hsu Wen Chi and Malvika Bansod qualified for the main draw of women’s singles.