BANGKOK: National men’s singles player Ng Tze Yong notched up an opening round win in the 2023 Thailand Masters held at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok today.
Tze Yong, 22, took 40 minutes to defeat Brazil’s Ygor Coelho 21-19, 21-10. He will now face Heo Kwang Hee of South Korea tomorrow.
Independent shuttler Cheam June Wei moved into the Round of 16 after scoring an impressive 21-18, 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen. He will face Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long tomorrow.
However, another independent, Soong Joo Ven failed to clear the first round, losing 16-21, 25-23, 20-22 to Hong Kong’s Chan Yin Chak.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles pairs of Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See began their respective campaigns with a win.
World No 7 Soon Huat-Shevon took 20 minutes to beat Israel’s world number 62 pair Misha Zilberman-Svetlana Zilberman 21-9,21-14. They will now face either Japanese duo Hiroki Midorikawa-Natsu Saito or China’s Cheng Xing-Chen Fang Hui.
Peng Soon-Yee See, ranked 34 in the world, beat Taiwanese duo Chang Ko Chi-Lee Cheh Chin 18-21, 21-19, 21-15. They will face Indonesian pair Amri Syahnawi-Winny Oktavina Kandow tomorrow.
Meanwhile, men’s doubles pair Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong moved into the second round after defeating Indonesian pair Sabar Karyaman Gutama-Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 27-25,21-16. They will be up against Indonesia’s Muhammad Shobihul Fikri-Bagas Maulana.
In the women’s singles, S. Kisona, who left BAM last month, succumbed to a 19-21, 21-15,12-21 defeat to Thailand’s Pornpicha Choeikeewong.