The World Championships first day lived up the expectations, with a shock within the first hour of play as 11th seeded Bao Chunlai crashed out in straight sets to Dutchman Dicky Palyama. He plays Swede Henri Hurskainen in Round 2 with the winner likely to play World and Olympic Champion Lin Dan.
Lin Dan begun his campaign with a straight forward win over Isreali Misha Zilberman, Lee Chong Wei also came through his opening match in straight sets of Dieter Domke to set up a second round match with Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria.
Peter Gade is also through to Round 2, as well as Chan Yan Kit after defeating Kaveh Mehrabi 21-15, 21-11. There was little action from the Women’s Singles today, Belgian Lianne Tan coming through against Elena Prus in two sets gives her a second round match against 15th seeded Maria Kristin Yulianti after the Indonesian defeated Swede Sophia Hansson 21-6, 21-2.
Susan Egelhart defeated Anu Nieminen 21-19, 22-20 to set up a round 2 match with 4th seeded Wang Yihan of China. 14th seeded Wong Mew Choo beat Shannon Pohl of the USA 21-4, 21-6 and will play Ai Goto of Japan in Round 2.
Remarkably, Bao Chunlai was the only seed to be defeated in any of the matches that took place today.
Day 2 will finish off the first round of matches in all the events, with the crowds expected to flock to see Taufik Hidayat began his campaign begin against Swiss Christian Boesiger. 2nd seeded Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir also begin their quest of world championship glory on Tuesday against Belarusian couple Aleksei Konakh and Alesia Zaitsava.
Zheng Bo and Ma Jin (Seeded 3), He Hanbin and Yu Yang (Seeded 4) as well as Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen (Seeded 5) are all in first round action in the Mixed Doubles.
Joachim Persson plays Kenichi Tago in Round 1 of the Men’s Singles in the 3rd match on Court 3, with the 7th Seeded Dane looking to book his place in Round 2 against Kevin Cordon of Guatemala or Marc Zweibler of Germany.
2nd seeded Chen Jin is in first round action against Eric Pang of Netherlands. Another victory for the Dutch over the Chinese in the making?