As the Malaysian shuttlers progress to the next round, the competition gets tougher as well. Tee Jing Yee, the only representative in the womens’ singles will have an uphill task when she meets Akane Yamaguchi of Japan tonight at the Bitburger Badminton Open Grand Prix Gold.
The world No. 10 and the finalist of the Yonex Japan Open this year has only played once against Jing Yee with the former defeating her in straight games. However, the match was played a year ago during the 17th Asian Games and Jing Yee is capable of creating an upset against the 18 year-old Akane.
Chong Wei Feng was also through to the next round after overcoming Lukas Schmidt of Germany to face a higher ranked player from Germany as well, Marc Zwiebler. The last time they both competed against each other at the Yonex All England Open with the victory siding on Wei Feng. In the mens’ doubles, Goh V Shem/ Tan Wee Kiong faces Lin Chia Yu/ Hsiao – Lin Wu of Chinese Taipei while womens’ doubles pair of Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei is expected to win against Leanne Choo/ Nadia Frankhauser of Australia/ Switzerland.
As for mixed doubles, two pairs will compete tonight. Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying should not have any problems when they play a Ukrainian pair, Gennadiy Natarov/ Natalya Voytsekh. The 2015 SEA Games silver medalist have also improved in their world rankings. They were ranked No. 28 in August and currently ranked No. 15. Another pair, Wong Fai Yin/ Chow Mei Kuan are scheduled to meet third seed, Michael Fuchs/ Birgit Michels of Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.