Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) The five Taiwanese badminton players who advanced to the group stage of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 won their opening matches in Bangkok on Wednesday.
After snagging two titles in consecutive tournaments in the past two weeks, Lee Yang (李洋) and Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) beat Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia 21-18, 24-22, in the first of three men’s doubles matches in Group A.
The Taiwanese pair will next face Ben Lane and Sean Vendy of England, whom they defeated in their previous two encounters.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) won 19-21, 21-12, 21-17 against Pusarla V. Sindhu of India in Group B, after losing in the finals of the Yonex Thailand Open and the Toyota Thailand Open over the past two weeks.
On Thursday, Tai is scheduled to come up against Thai player Pornpawee Chochuwong, who lost in their previous three matches.
In the men’s singles in Group B, Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) of Taiwan and Angus Ng Ka-long (伍家朗) of Hong Kong faced off again, after each scoring one win in their previous encounters in Bangkok this month.
The Taiwanese player overpowered Ng 21-10, 21-14 and is set to play in Thursday’s Group B competition against Srikanth Kidambi of India, who prevailed in their previous three matches.
Meanwhile, in Taiwanese Chou Tien-chen’s (周天成) first match in the Group A men’s singles, he scored a 21-16, 12-21, 21-11 win against Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.
Chou is scheduled to face Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Thursday, an Indonesia player who has won six of their 11 encounters so far.
This is the second consecutive year that the five Taiwanese players have entered the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, which is usually held at the end of the year but was rescheduled from December 2020 to January this year due to COVID-19.
China and Japan, which dominated last year’s World Tour Finals, did not send competitors to any of the three tournaments held in Bangkok this month by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), citing concerns over COVID-19.
With the smaller pool of players in the tournaments, participants in the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles were able to win back-to-back titles at the two previous tournaments in Bangkok in the past two weeks.
(By Kay Liu) enditem/pc