Seeds remain on track in Thailand

Top-seeded Lee Hyun Il and South Korean countryman and second seed Son Wan Ho reached the men’s quarter-finals of badminton’s Thailand Masters on Wednesday.

Lee had few problems getting past Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-11, 21-15 to set up a quarter-final clash against fifth seed Wei Nan of Hong Kong, who beat Simon Santoso on Indonesia 17-21, 21-14, 21-14 in a match lasting 69 minutes.

Other men’s third round results,  second-seeded Son of South Korea got the better of Malaysian 14th seed Zulfadli Zulkiffli 21-17, 21-14 and Thai 12th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk spent over an hour on court to get past South Korea’s Kwang Hee Heo 21-11, 16-21, 21-14.

Sixth seed Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong was too strong for Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik, winning 21-15, 21-14 while ninth seed Jeon Hyeok Jin of South Korea got past Malaysia’s Chun Seang Tan 21-17, 18-21, 21-9 in 54 minutes.

The 15th seed Sameer Verma of India beat countryman Harsheel Dani 21-17, 21-14 and third seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong cruised past Thai 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana 21-18, 21-12.

Second round results in the women’s singles: Thai second seed Ratchanok Intanon was too strong for countryman Supamart Mingchua, winning 21-12, 21-13 while unseeded Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong caused an upset by hammering South Korean fifth seed Bae Yeon Ju 21-17, 21-8.

Sixth seed Busanan Ongbumrungphan of Thailand defeated China’s Chen Xiaoxin 21-18, 21-14 and Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine spent 64 minutes on court to get past Karin Schnaase of Germany 21-19, 11-21, 21-19.

Chinese fourth seed Sun Yu defeated Supanida Katethong of Thailand 21-11, 21-17 while seventh seed Porntip Buranaprasersuk of Thailand beat South Korea’s Kim Hyo Min 21-15, 21-14.

Third seed Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea cruised past Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan 21-11, 21-10.