Son battles past Parupalli at Australian Open

Top-seeded Son Wan Ho of the Korea Republic battled past India’s Parupalli Kashyap to reach the second round of the Crown Group Australian Open taking place at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Wednesday.

Son needed 65 minutes to defeat the unseeded Parupalli 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 and set up a second round clash with India's Kidambi Srikanth after he defeated Chinese Taipei's Kan Chao Yu 21-13, 21-16.

In some other men's singles first round action, China's fourth seed Shi Yuqi cruised past Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao 21-17, 21-14 and in an upset, the unseeded Huang Yuxiang of China battled for 71 minutes to down sixth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 17-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Two former champion's cruised into the second round without too much trouble, Lin Dan of China saw off Korea Republic's Lee Dong Keun 21-14, 21-12 and Chen Long of China beat Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-15, 21-13 in 43 minutes.    

Some women's singles first round action, to seed TaiTzu Ying of Chinese Taipei beat Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-18, 21-11 and India's Saina Nehwal caused an upset by beating fourth seed Sung Ji Hyun of the Korea Republic 21-10, 21-16 in 38 minutes.

Fifth seed Pusarla V. Sindhu of India beat Japan's Sayaka Sato 21-17, 14-21, 21-18 and Jang Mi Lee of the Korea Republic saw off Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin 21-16, 21-8.