Hong Kong duo Angus Ng Ka-long and Vincent Wong Wing-ki advance as Lin Dan avoids upset at badminton world championships
World number nine Ng beat Italy’s Rosario Maddaloni 21-10, 21-15 and Wong edges out Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-23, 21-15, 26-24 in the second round
China’s Lin Dan stepped up a gear just in time to avoid an upset against Emil Holst of Denmark in the second round of the badminton world championships on Wednesday, while Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka-long and Vincent Wong Wing-ki also progressed.
A day after his old rival Lee Chong Wei was beaten, Lin broke a 16-16 tie in the third game to prevail 19-21, 21-8, 21-16 in 81 minutes.
World number nine Ng, meanwhile, beat Italy’s Rosario Maddaloni 21-10, 21-15 and Wong edged out Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-23, 21-15, 26-24 in a mammoth 84 minute contest to progress to the third round.
Also through were two-time defending champion Chen Long of China, world number one Son Wan-ho of South Korea and in-form Indian Kidambi Srikanth.
Lin, the five-time world champion who lost to Holst in March, seemed content to rally and move the Dane around before bursting ahead at 16-16.
“He’s tall and powerful and he gave me a lot of trouble,” said Lin, who next faces Rajiv Ouseph of England.
“He beat me at the German Open, so I’m happy to reverse the result. Even though it was a long match, I should be OK for the next round since we prepared quite well.”
Chen eliminated former world championships medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 21-13, 21-9, and Son advanced with a 21-13, 21-9 win over Gergely Krausz in 34 minutes to play Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, the Thai who beat Son in the Denmark Open final last October.
Kidambi’s teammate, Sai Praneeth, came from 18-12 down in the third to beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 14-21, 21-18, 21-19.
In the women’s draw, leading seeds Carolina Marin, Sung Ji-hyun, Nozomi Okuhara, and Saina Nehwal advanced.
Marin, the Olympic and world champion, will play up-and-coming Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark, who took out the only singles seed to lose on day three in 10th seed Sayaka Sato of Japan.