Top seeds triumph at Bitburger Open

There were no surprises in store on the first day of action at the Bitburger Open in Germany on Tuesday as the top seeds all advanced with ease.

Chou Tien Chen, the number one seed from Chinese Taipei needed just 35 minutes to seal a 21-19, 21-19 win against Germany’s Alexander Roovers. Chou will face Maxime Moreels in round two.

German third seed Marc Zwiebler also advanced to round two thanks to a simple 21-15, 21-13 win over Ireland’s Joshua Magee  and will next face England’s Toby Plenty next, while Danish fourth seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus set up a clash against Israel’s Misha Zilberman when he won 21-12, 21-7 against Uganda’s Edwin Ekiring.

Fifth seeded Englishman Rajiv Ouseph was a 21-14, 21-6               winner against Finland’s Ville Lang to advance to an encounter with the Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal.

While Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, the sixth seed from Thailand, won 21-18, 21-16 against German Daniel Benz to set up a match against Michael Spencer-Smith.

Japanese seventh seed Sho Sasaki will play Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen after fighting back from one game down to win 12-21, 21-10, 21-13 against Belgium’s Yuhan Tan.

Malaysian 14th seed Wei Feng Chong beat Kai Schaefer 21-15, 20-22, 21-15, 10th seeded Japanese Takuma Ueda defeated Max Weisskirchen 21-16, 21-14, and Thailand’s 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana advanced after  Blagovest Kisyov retired from their match after just one point in the first game.

Indonesia ninth seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka won 21-19 21-15 against Malaysia’s Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif, while Hong Kong’s 12th seeded Wong Wing Ki Vincent and 13th seeded Ng Ka Long Angus won 21-9 21-14 against Nathan Vervaeke and 21-16, 21-14 against Christian Lind Thomsen respectively.

In other results, Indian 16th seed B Sai Praneeth won 21-12, 21-12 against German Tobias Wadenka, and Irishi 15th seed Scott Evans beat Denmark’s Emil Holst 21-13, 10-21, 23-21.