SKYCITY New Zealand Badminton Open live streaming - Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon lives up to top billing
The SKYCITY New Zealand Badminton Open at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland continues apace on Thursday with Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon looking to build on her impressive start to the tournament in the second round.
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Intanon lived up to her top billing in her opening match of the women’s singles event on Wednesday as the world number nine made light work of Indonesia’s Jesica Muljati with a 21-17, 21-13 victory.
The 22-year-old former world number one, who is gearing up for a tilt at the World Championships in Edinburgh at the end of the month, faces stiff competition from her principal rival Fitriani however.
The Indonesian second seed recorded a facile 21-14, 21-4 win over Australian Tiffany Ho to progress to the round of 16.
In the men's division, world number 12 Tzu Wei Wang overcame a battling performance from India’s Pratul Joshi (21-13, 24-22) to book his place in the second round.
And the Chinese Taipei native admitted to feeling the pressure of his top seeding in that encounter.
"This is my first time being a 1st seed at an international competition, I feel a bit different so I need to adjust myself," he told the tournament's official website.
"Most likely it was luck that I won the last point because I was really eager to win the match, but I can normally play more skillful on the last shot."
Hong Kong’s Cheuk Yiu Lee, meanwhile, knocked third seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia out of the competition on Tuesday with a 21-17, 21-13 triumph.
While Peng Soon Chan and Yee See Cheah (Malaysia) cause an upset in the double as they ousted second seeds Hafiz Faizal and Shela Devi Aulia (Indonesia) 21-10, 21-19.
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