Chen battles into Singapore second round

Top seed Chen Long of China reached the second round of badminton’s OUE Singapore Open after battling past India’s H. S. Prannoy on Wednesday.

Chen spent 71 minutes on court to get past the unseeded Prannoy before winning 18-21, 21-18, 21-19, to set up second round encounter with unseeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, who defeated Chinese Taipei qualifier Lin Yu Hsien 22-20, 21-15.

In some other first round matches, Chinese second seed Lin Dan got past Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-16, 21-19 in 49 minutes, and Danish fourth seed Viktor Axelsen cruised past Wei Nan of Hong Kong 21-13, 21-11.

In the biggest upset of the round, unseeded Sho Sasaki of Japan needed 41 minutes to down fifth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-16, 22-20, but eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-12, 21-18.

In another upset, unseeded Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong beat Chinese Taipei’s seventh seed Chou Tien Chen 21-9, 21-19, but sixth seed Tian Houwei of China had no problems in his match against Takuma Ueda, beating the Japanese shuttler 21-15, 21-10.