By Rizal Abdullah

Ratchanok Intanon surrendered a her title with an embarassing 21-15, 21-18 defeat to unseeded Sun Yu of China in the women’s singles first round in the USD900,000 BCA Indonesia Open at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Tuesday.

There were also shocks in the mixed doubles when reigning World Superseries Finals champions and seventh seeds Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England were also chucked out of the Superseries Premier event after a shock defeat in the first round against Indonesia’s rookie pair Alfian Eko Prasetya-Annisa Saufika.

The Indonesians stunned the husband and wife team in a three-set thriller 24-22, 18-21, 21-16 in 57 minutes on a day when All-England champions Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto were also first round casualties.

Praveen-Debby were beaten 15-21, 10-21 by China’s Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiaong in a 33 minute match. 

However, two other Indonesian pairs stayed on course. Riky Widianto-Richi Puspita Dili pulled off a 21-13, 14-21, 21-18 win over Taiwan’s Reginald Lee Chun-hei-Chau Hoi-wah.

Second seeds and world No 2 Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana were impressive in their 21-10, 21-6 win over Australians Sawan Serasinghe-Setyana Mepasa.

Meanwhile top seed Carolina Marin of Spain cleared the first hurdle in the women’s singles. The world number one won 21-18, 21-11 against Indonesian youngster Hera Desi in 39 minutes on a day when Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China was stretched to three sets before prevailing 16-21, 21-8, 21-11 against Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan in a come-from behind win in 42 minutes.

Xuerui’s compatriots Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian also advanced to the second round. Yihan defeated Commonwealth Games champion Michelli Li of Canada 21-19, 21-18 while Shixian took 68 minutes to subpdue Bae Yeon-ju pf South Korea 21-12, 15-21, 21-12.

Febby Angguini and Fitriani Fitriani kept Indonesia’s hopes alive by winning their first round matches – with Febby defeating Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin 18-21, 21-16, 21-19 while Fitriani won 21-14, 13-21, 21-16 against compatriot Gregoria Mariska.

World Superseries Finals champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan also advanced to the second round. The fifth seed outplayed local newcomer Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto 21-8, 21-15 in 23 minutes. 

Indonesian Uber Cupper Hana Ramadhini also failed to clear the first hurdle when she lost 17-21, 8-21 to Korea’s seventh seed Sung Ji-hyun in 40 minutes.



Women’s singles

Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Aprillia Yuswandari (Ina) 21-14, 21-14

Line Kjaersfeldt (Den) beat Lindaweni Fanetri (Ina) 21-12, 18-21, 21-19

Fritriani Fitriani (Ina) beat Gregoria Mariska (Ina) 21-14, 13-21, 21-16

Kirsty Gilmour (Scot) beat Sayaka Sato (Jpn) 21-13, 21-6

Wang Yihan (Chn) beat Michelle Li (Can) 21-19, 21-18

Wang Shixian (Chn) beat Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) 21-12, 15-21, 21-12

Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Hana Ramadhini (Ina) 21-17, 21-8 

Li Xuerui (Chn) beat Ruselli Hartawan (Ina) 16-21, 21-8, 21-11

Liang Xiaoyu (Sin) beat Iris Wang (USA) 22-20, 23-21

Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn)  beat Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto (Ina) 21-8, 21-5

Carolina Marin (Spn) beat Hera Desi (Ina) 21-18, 21-11

Febby Angguni (Ina) beat Yip Pui Yin (Hkg) 18-21, 21-16, 21-19

Saina Nehwal (Ind) beat Pai Yu Po (Hkg) 21-11, 19-21, 21-15

Sun Yu (Chn) beat Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-15, 21-18


Mixed Doubles

Alfian Eko Prasetya-Annisa Saufika (Ina) beat Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 24-22, 18-21, 21-16

Jacco Arends-Selena Piek (Ned) beat Yoo Yeon-seong-Chang Ye-na (Kor) 21-19, 21-13

Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) beat Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) 21-17, 21-19

Liu Chneg-Bao Yixin (Chn) beat Lee Yong-dae-Lee So-hee (Kor) 21-19, 21-19

Kenta Kazumo-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) beat Kim Gi-jung-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) 21-11, 17-21, 21-18

Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Sawan Serasinghe-Setyana Mepasa (Aus) 21-10, 21-6

Ricky Widianto-Richi Puspita Dili (Ina) beat Reginald Lee Chun-hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-13, 14-21, 21-18

Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) beat Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-15, 21-10

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