Shixian looking strong in Chinese Taipei Open

Wang Shixian is through to the second round of the women’s Yonex Chinese Taipei Open after a convincing victory over Hung Shih Han on Wednesday.

Top-seeded Shixian was in a destructive mood as she trounced Han 21-14, 21-16 in a superb display of total-badminton.

The Chinese stroke-maker was at her innovative best in the opening game as she silenced the vociferous home support for Han with a combination of deft skill and expert management of the court.

In the second game, Han continued to fight and was able to match her opponent for small periods of time, however, the constant pressure that Shixian applied eventually took it’s toll as she ran away with the game and with it the match.

Shixian will be keen to add another medal to what is already a considerably well-decorated trophy cabinet this week.

Next-up for the 2016 Asian Championship golf medalist is a meeting with Kim Na Young who beat Jennifer Tam 21-10, 21-10 on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, on a busy day at the tournament, there were also wins for the second-seeded Tai Tzu Ying, the third-seeded Sun Yu, the sixth-seeded Busanan Ongbamrungphan, the seventh-seeded Pai Yu Po and the eighth-seeded Nitchaon Jindapol.

In the day’s most notable upset, fifth-seeded Porntip Buranaprasertsuk was dumped out of the tournament by the unseeded Jang Mi Lee.

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