by Ian Marshall, Editor
Success against the odds for Choi Haeeun and Wee Yeji; they were not alone in upsetting the order of merit.
Moreover, they upstaged their more illustrious colleagues, Ryu Hanna and Shin Yubin. The no.20 seeds, likewise they upset the pecking order. Earlier in the day, they had ousted India’s Archana Girish Kamath and Selena Selvakumar the no.9 seeds (11-6, 11-6, 12-10).
Defeat for India contrary to expectations; there was also the opposite scenario; Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen, the no.21 seeds, accounted for Brazil’s Livia Lima and Bruna Takahashi, the no.15 seeds (10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4).
Three surprises in the opening round of the Girls’ Doubles event, there was one more; the all European clash witnessed success for Germany’s Franziska Schreiner and Laura Tiefenbrunner, the no.18 seeds, in opposition to the French combination of Lucie Gauthier and Leili Mostafavi, the no.16 seeds (11-9, 11-8, 11-7).
Outcomes contrary to status, with the exception of Chau Wing Sze and Lee Ka Yee, it was a positive start for the leading pairs.
Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki and Satsuki Odo, the top seeds, caused Hong Kong more pain by beating Ng Wing Lam and Wong Chin Yau, the no.24 seeds (11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11); in a similar manner, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Su Pei-Ling, the no.2 seeds, ousted the Belarus combination of Mahartya Baltushite and Nadezhda Bogdanova, the no.17 seeds (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4).
Meanwhile, not to be upstaged, China’s Huang Fanzhen and Shi Xunyao, the no.4 seeds, ended the hopes of Canada’s Patrina Hui and Ivy Liao (11-5, 11-6, 11-5).
The second round and quarter-finals of the Girls’ Doubles event will be played later in the day.