Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto got his Olympic campaign under way with a solid victory over Howard Shu of the United States, while Chinese ace Lin Dan made it two wins from two.
The 28-year-old Sugiarto from Jakarta looked confident and in control as he defeated Shu 21-14, 21-10 in their Group J encounter.
Sugiarto will be back in action on Sunday to take on Cuban shuttler Osleni Guerrero as the preliminaries continue.
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Also in action in Rio on Friday morning was one of China’s main medal prospects Lin Dan.
Having already beaten David Obernosterer on Thursday, Lin returned the following day to dispatch Russian Vladimir Malkov 21-18, 21-7 for his second Group E victory.
Also in action was Derek Wong of Singapore, who dismantled Soren Opti 21-5, 21-6 in his opening game of Rio 2016.
Hong Kong’s Hu Yun downed Brunei’s Jaspar Woon Chai Yu 21-16, 21-15, while Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen eased past Israel’s Misha Zilberman 21-9, 21-11. Vietnam’s Minh Tien Nguyen, meanwhile, defeated Austria’s David Obernosterer 21-18, 21-14.
In the women’s singles, there were defeats for Vietnam’s Vu Thi Trang in Group J and Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in Group L.
Vu went down 21-10, 21-8 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, while Yip was beaten 5-12, 21-13, 21-19 by Estonia’s Kati Tolmoff.
Defending champion Li Xuerui of China faced little trouble in her match against Belgium’s Lianne Tan as she won 21-11, 21-11.
In the men’s doubles, Malaysian duo Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem secured their second Group B win on the trot with a 21-12, 21-10 result over Americans Phillip Chew and Sattawat Poingnairat.
Having beaten India the day before, Indonesian pair Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan narrowly lost 21-17, 16-21, 21-14 to Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo in Group D.
In the women’s doubles Group A, Thailand duo Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai went down 21-15, 21-15 to Japanese pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo.
A Group C clash between Malaysia and Hong Kong saw victory go to the former, as Vivian Hoo Kah Mun and Woon Khe Wei defeated Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet 21-15, 21-13.
It was smooth sailing for the Indonesian pair of Krishinda Nitya Maheswari and Greysia Polii as they cruised to a 21-10, 21-13 win over Great Britain’s Heather Olver and Lauren Smith.
In the mixed doubles, Indonesian duo Debby Susanto and Praveen Jordan beat Germany’s Birgit Michels and Michael Fuchs 21-16, 21-15 in a Group A clash.
Also in Group A, Hong Kong pair Chau Hoi Wah and Reginald Lee Chun Hei were beaten 21-16, 21-15 by former Chinese world champions Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan.
Third seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia defeated Thailand’s Bodin Isara and Savitree Amitrapai 21-11, 21-13 in their Group C clash.
In the other Group C match, Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying downed Australia’s Robin Middleton and Leanne Choo 21-17, 21-15.