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Four seeds out in singles competition

Four seeded singles shuttlers – three men and one woman – suffered an early exit at the Yonex India Open on Wednesday.

In the men’s singles, fourth seed Sho Sasak (left), sixth seed Simon Santoso and fifth seed Lee Hyun Il joined women’s seventh seed Inthanon Ratchanok on the sidelines after the opening day of action in the final OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament before the Olympic qualifying period ends this weekend.

Taiwan’s Hsu Jen Hao started the ball rolling for the unseeded players when he took out a sluggish world No. 6 Sasaski 21-17, 21-8 in 32 minutes in one of the opening games of the day.

His reward is a meeting with Russian qualifier Vladimir Ivanov, who defeated Singapore’s Ashton Chen 21-18, 21-13.  

Thai veteran Boonsak Ponsana turned back the clock against Hyun Il to dispatch the South Korea in three games, winning 17-21, 21-14, 21-13 to set up a second round encounter with local favourite Kashyap Parupalli.

Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus made up for a disappointing performance in last week’s European Championships when he outplayed Simon 21-15, 21-15.

Others through to the second round include world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, second seed Peter Gade and third seed Chen Jin.

In the women’s competition, Singapore’s Gu Juan ousted three-time world junior champion Inthanon (right), who retired hurt while trailing 21-23, 21-19, 11-6.

Asian champion Li Xuerui stayed on course for back-to-back titles when she Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.

Indian superstar Saina Nehwal stayed on course to regain the title she last won two years ago when she Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin 21-14, 21-6.

In the men’s doubles competition, top seeds Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae conceded a walkover to Rupesh Kumar-K. T. Sanave Thomas.

Their South Korean compatriots, Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong, who are seeded second, made it through to the second round without any difficulties.

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