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bwfbadminton.com|26-Sep-2019 17:55

The crash of seeds resounded at the Korea Open 2019 today, with several big names, including Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen, tumbling out in the second round.

Fifth seed Antonsen, runner-up at the World Championships, was knocked out by Wang Tzu Wei 21-15 21-6; he was joined shortly after by senior compatriot and seventh seed Viktor Axelsen, who was stopped by Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, 21-18 21-16.

Another casualty in men’s singles was last week’s China Open runner-up Antony Ginting; the eighth seed was outplayed in three games by Jan O Jorgensen.

World Champions Out

It was the loss of world champions Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara in the first match of the day that set the trend. The top seeds couldn’t find a way past local duo Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin as they fell in a marathon match, 21-16 17-21 21-14.

The pair they vanquished in the World Championships final, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, also did not survive. The third seeds missed their opportunities in the second game against compatriots Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, as they blew a 19-15 lead and a match point to go down, 21-18 22-20.

Fifth seeds Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu also fell to a young Japanese pair, Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata, who set up a quarterfinal with Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin with their 21-19 21-17 upset.

Fourth seeds Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan however survived a surprise from Canadians Rachel Honderich/Kristen Tsai, bouncing back strongly after a second game loss to prevail 21-13 20-22 21-6.

Defending Champs Exit

Also exiting the tournament were men’s doubles defending champions and eighth seeds Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, who were sent packing by local pair Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae 21-17 21-13.

Fifth seeds Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe also bade an early goodbye, as they were bested 21-13 21-19 by Huang Kai Xiang/Liu Cheng.

There were few surprises in women’s singles. Third seed Tai Tzu Ying and sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon had straightforward passage with quick wins over Cai Yan Yan and Aya Ohori respectively.

The closest match of the day saw Gregoria Mariska Tunjung nearly make a hash of her chances, as she blew a big lead in the third game against Kim Ga Eun. The Korean caught up from 9-17 and 14-19 down, but the Indonesian squeezed through at the end, 22-20 15-21 22-20 in an hour.

In a battle between two Pan Am stars, Canada’s Michelle Li got the better of Beiwen Zhang 21-15 8-21 21-10. Next up for Li will be fourth seed Nozomi Okuhara.