Zhou begins in style with speedy demolition

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 November, 2008, 12:00am

World number one Zhou Mi lived up to expectations, thrashing Mak Ka-li of Macau 2 -0 in the opening round of the women's singles at the China Open Super Series in Shanghai yesterday.

The Hong Kong shuttler needed only 17 minutes to wrap up a 21-6, 21-6 victory and set up a tough second-round clash against Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand.

The Thai was impressive in downing Yao Jie of the Netherlands 21-7, 21-18.

Other Hong Kong players also got off to winning starts. Veteran Wang Chen made a strong comeback against sixth seed Pi Hongyan of France.

Having lost the opening game 21-17, the unseeded Wang, who has been struggling to get back to her best after the Beijing Olympics, won the next two 21-13 and 21-12 to reach the next stage.

In the men's singles, Ng Wei trounced Lam Chi-man of Macau 21-7, 21-10, while Yohan Wiratama and Chau Hoi-wah also got past Mohd Razif Abdul Latif and Chong Sook-Chin of Malaysia 21-15, 22-20 in the mixed doubles.

Hong Kong's only defeat of the day came in the men's singles when Chan Yan-kit lost to fifth seed Peter Gade of Denmark 21-9, 21-18.

Easy passage

The minutes it took for Hong Kong's Zhou Mi to dispose of Macau's Mak Ka-li: 17