Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong up and running at world championships in Glasgow
World number 14 beats Egypt’s Ahmed Salah 21-15, 21-11 in the first round, to join top seed Son Wan-ho and China’s Lin Dan in the second round
Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong Wing-ki made a strong start to the World Championships in Glasgow with a 21-15, 21-11 first round win over Egypt’s Ahmed Salah.
The 11th seeded world number 14 wrapped up the win in 30 minutest at the Emirates Arena on Monday to join top seed Son Wan-ho and China’s Lin Dan in the second round.
Wong, who could face Lin in the quarter-finals after the world number seven beat Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees 21-15, 21-10, will face Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama in the second round.
Tsuneyama beat Mexico’s Luis Ramon Garrido 21-4, 21-16, while Son recorded a 21-14, 21-16 win over Finland’s Kalle Koljonen.
World number one Son, 29, trailed in the early stages of the first game before eventually claiming the opener.
Watch: Wong Wing-ki v Ahmed Salah highlights
The second was also a test for the top seed before claiming a key breakthrough at 16-16 to seal the win in 44 minutes.
“It was my first match and I know all the other players are keen to beat me,” said Son, who led South Korea to victory at this year’s Sudirman Cup in Jakarta.
“I was also needing a chance to get used to the venue. But now I am feeling good. This is a very important competition for me. It would be a dream to become world champion. But I need to work very hard over the next week.”
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China’s Lin had a much easier passage to his quest for a sixth world title with a comfortable win over Scotland’s number one Merrilees.
“He was a strong opponent, and played very well,” said Lin, who turns 34 in October. “But I’ll have to play much better later in the week.”
Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, though, lost 21-16, 21-15 to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto.
Watch: Lin Dan v Kieran Merrilees highlights
In the women’s draw, Hong Kong’s Yip Pui-yin beat Russia’s Natalia Perminova 21-17, 21-18 in the first round.
Elsewhere, Switzerland’s Sabrina Jacquet continued his comeback from a four-month injury lay-off with a mammoth 21-14, 18-21, 21-10 win over Ukrainian Natalya Votysekh.
“I am really happy,” she said. “I have been injured and it was my first official match for four months.
“I didn’t really know where I was standing as practice had not been going so well.
“I was a bit unsure whether I was going to be able to play here, so I am going to enjoy it. This win is a bonus.”
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