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China's Wang Zhengming knocks out second seed Jan O Jorgensen at Hong Kong Open

Former world number one Lee Chong Wei breezes through the first round as dismisses eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto, while China's Lin Dan and Chen Long also advance

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 12:22am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 12:45am

Unseeded Wang Zhengming of China caused the biggest upset as the US$350,000 Sunrise-Yonex Hong Kong Open kicked off at the Coliseum in Hung Hom yesterday.

The mainlander sent second seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark home with a 21-15, 21-19 victory in the men’s singles on the opening day.

I had problems finding the rhythm and the lines. The drift is really strong here
Jan O Jorgensen

Denmark’s top seed Jorgensen, who has scooped three titles this year, dropped out in the first round after just 37 minutes, losing to Wang 21-15, 21-19.

“It was easy to tell it wasn't my best game today. I had problems finding the rhythm and the lines. The drift is really strong here and it just didn't sit very well,” said Jorgensen.

Jorgensen was one of two major upsets, with women’s Olympic Champion and former world number one Li Xuerui of China – fresh from a home title win in Fuzhou last week – lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okura 21-19, 21-9.

In the women’s singles, Okura, a finalist in last year’s tournament, had an impressive outing against Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China, beating her opponent 21-19, 21-9.

Hong Kong’s Yip Pui-yin also reached the second round following a 21-14, 21-19 victory over Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia.

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who won last week’s China Open title, along with top seed Chen Long, third seed Lin Dan, both of China, all advanced to the second round.

Former world No 1 Lee sailed through the first round, dismissed eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-17, 21-15 in 39 minutes.

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“Every time I play Tommy Sugiarto it is a very tough match. I just try my best and enjoy Hong Kong,” the Malaysian said.

Former world number one Lee, 33, dropped out of the world rankings after serving an eight-month doping ban earlier this year and said he had struggled with focus and getting a rhythm to his game after he returned to the court.

“Now I think it is better. I have got my confidence back,” Lee said after the match.

Chinese legend Lin faced a tough three-set grilling by Indonesian Ihsar Maulana Mustofa.

The five-time world champion and double Olympic gold medallist Lin was put through his paces by Mustofa in a closely fought three sets 21-17, 15-21, 21-14.

The Indonesian, who turned 20 on Wednesday, had the upper hand through the second set, but experience won the day as the Chinese veteran made quick work of the third set.

Lin said he was not surprised that he was pushed into a three-set match by Mustofa.

“The younger players don't have any burden of fame. They can just play more free,” Lin said.

Current world No 1 Chen also advanced, downing Indian Ajay Jayaram 21-17, 21-12.

 

Meanwhile, women’s world No 1 Carolina Marin took 35 minutes to beat India’s P.V. Sindhu 21-17, 21-9.

The Spaniard, known for her aggressive style of play, said she was determined to beat Sindhu after losing to her in the semi-finals of the Denmark Open last month.

“Today I was better than her. Last time, it was the Denmark Open and it wasn’t a good game for me, but today I play like revenge ... I want to show her that I want to beat her,” said the combative 22-year-old.