HONG KONG GRAB TWO
Hong Kong removed two seeds today with the second coming in mixed doubles. Perhaps it was only an upset on paper when Chau Hoi Wah / Lee Chun Hei Reginald recorded their third win this year against eighth seeds Debby Susanto / Praveen Jordan of Indonesia, 21-19, 10-21, 21-8, with their last four encounters going into the rubber stage.
Around sunset, Wong Wing Ki easily accounted for the men's singles eighth seed, a suspected injured or ill Kento Momota of Japan, who was moving uncharacteristically slowly, 21-17, 21-6.
CHINA LOSE TWO
China's fourth and fifth ranked women's singles made respectible appearances by stretching the second and third seeds into rubber games but weren't able to maintain their effectiveness and finish as strongly as their middle match displays.
Yao Xue blasted power shots in all directions from the get go leaving the world #3 Carolina Marin flustered trying to keep up. Once Marin warmed up it became clear that she could make up the difference in power with her better court movement and more efficient shot execution. Yao's power winners were most effective down the Spaniard's forehand side. But not being a finesse player hindered Yao once her opponent read her game plan. The attempts by Yao to insert more delicate shots in the third game came off as unsuccessful experiments and opened up a significant gap which enlarged to 10 points until it ended, 21-17, 16-21, 21-10.
Saina Nehwal repeated her 2014 Australian Open Round 1 victory in Round 2 this year over Sun Yu. Despite both having leaped up a level in the past year, the Indian still proved to be smarter tactically as well as skillfully and could not be outmanoeouvred enough times by the Chinese player. Nehwal made it a fourth consecutive win over Sun since the last Australian Open, 21-19, 19-21, 21-14.