Canada’s Alex Pang may not have won against the former World and Olympic Champion, but pushing Hidayat to a long three games will certainly add to his credibility on the international tour. The young Canadian surprised everyone, including himself, when he won the first game against the top seed 21-15. Hidayat struck back taking the second and third games to seal his place in the second round, but Pang didn’t concede the match easily forcing Hidayat to earn his points with a final scoreline of 15-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Hidayat may have squeaked through but others weren’t so lucky. Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsing Hsieh was one of the casualties early on as was Ireland’s Scott Evans, both of whom lost to Japanese players in long three game matches. Korea’s Won Ho Shon also fell in the first round at the hands of Denmark’s Kasper Ipsen.
Ji Hyun Sung was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles when qualifier Oka Hitomi defeated the lanky Korean in two straight games 24-22, 21-16. Local favourite Anna Rice survived a near miss against Slovenia’s Maja Tvrdy fighting back from a game down to win 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 in a thrilling, crowd pleasing battle. Canada’s other hopeful Michelle Li wasn’t as lucky against Singapore’s Fu Mingtian when in spite of a strong effort and a long three games the Singaporean player won 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.
The women’s doubles lacked the dramatics that many of the other events had, however the local fans were given a treat by the Canadian national champions Jiang Xuelian and Melody Liang who defeated Denmark’s Britta Andersen and Julie Houmann in an exciting three games 21-10, 12-21, 22-20. The men’s doubles was similarly uneventful, nonetheless the top seeds Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach were effective in entertaining the crowd with their star power. After winning their first round match they are now drawn to play Canada’s national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau in the second round. The big upset in the mixed doubles came at the expense of Canada’s top ranked pair and the second seeds of this event, Toby Ng and Grace Gao. The Canadian pair fell to Switzerland’s Anthony Dumartheray and Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 17-21, 21-18.