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Badminton Opening Day Recap

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Men's Singles

Lin Dan (China) vs. David Obernosterer (Austria)

Seeking a record of three consecutive gold medals, Lin Din dominated Austria's David Obernosterer in a Group E matchup. Lin won his first game in a rout, 21-5 and his second, 21-11 to make a statement that he will be, once again, a force to be reckoned with.

Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) vs. Soren Opti (Suriname)

Just as Lin Dan did, the world's top ranked men's player Lee Chong Wei demolished his opening match opponent. Lee routed Soren Opti 21-2 and 21-3 to breeze to a 2-0 victory in group play.

Chen Long (China) vs Niluka Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Chen Long was the third member of Badminton's top three ranked players to make a statement in his opening contest. Long took care of Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne in convincing fashion, winning 21-7 and 21-10 to claim victory.

Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) vs. Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand)

The world's #4 ranked men's player, Viktor Axelsen, convincingly dispatched of Thialand's Boonsak Ponsana 21-14 and 21-13 to show that he is definitely a gold medal contender in Rio.

T.M. Nguyen (Vietnam) vs. Vladimir Malkov (Russia)

In a back and forth, very entertaining match, Vietnam's T.M. Nguyen came out on top over Russia's Vladimir Malkov 2-1. Malkov won the first game 21-15 but then Nguyen stormed back and beat Malkov solidly in game two, 21-9. In the deciding game three, Nguyen took care of business and won 21-13 to pick up the 2-1 victory.

Son Wan Ho (South Korea) vs. Jacob Maliekal (South Africa)

The #8 ranked men's player in the world cruised past the overmatched South African, Jacob Maliekal, 21-10 in both games to win the match 2-0. 

Rajiv Ousef (Great Britain) vs. Peter Koukal (Czech Republic)

Rajiv Ousef of Great Britain defeated Peter Koukal from the Czech Republic 2-0 on Thursday evening after winning 21-14 in the first game and hanging on to win 21-18 in the second game.

Kevin Cordon (Guatemala) vs. Adrian Dziolko (Poland)

In a surprisingly exciting and contested match, Adrian Dziolo came from behind to defeat Kevin Cordon 2-1. After Cordon won a tight first match 21-18, Dziolko roared back to win game two 21-10 and game three 21 13 to take the match win.

Srikanth Kidambi (India) vs. Lino Munoz (Mexico)

Kidambi, the world's 11th ranked men's singles player, skillfully beat Mexico's Lino Munoz 21-11 in the first game and 21-17 in game two to win the match 2-0.

Women's Singles

Ratchanok Intanton (Thailand) vs. Kati Tolmoff (Estonia)

The world's #4 women's singles player, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanton, defeated Estonia's Kati Tolmoff 21-14 and 21-13 to secure a 2-0 match victory. 

Yihan Wang (China) vs. Chloe Magee (Ireland)

Yihan Wang, the #2 ranked women's player on earth, displayed her skill in a convincing 2-0 match win over Ireland's Chloe Magee. Wang won the first game 21-7 and the second game 21-12 to take the lead of Group 

Sindhu Pusarla (India) vs. Laura Sarosi (Hungary)

The morning session was filled with matches of highly ranked singles player and you can add India's Sindhu Pusarla to the list. Pusarla, known for her hard shuttle smashes, dominated Hungary's Laura Sarosi in her opening match. Pusarla outscored Sarosi 42-17, winning both games easily, 21-8 and 21-9.

Saina Nehwal (India) vs. Lohaynny Vicente (Brazil)

Saina Nehwal, the world's #5 ranked women's singles player, might have had a harder battle with Brazil's Lohaynny Vicente in the first game than she expected but won 21-17. The second game was also competitive with Vicente putting up another outstanding fight. But, once again, she won 21-17 and prevailed to win the match 2-0.

Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Tapei) vs. Elisabeth Baldauf (Austria)

Tai Tzu Ying, the world's #8 ranked women's player, cruised past Austria's Elisabeth Baldauf 21-11 and 21-9 to comfortably win the match 2-0.

Carolina Marin (Spain) vs. Nanna Vainio (Finland)

Carolina Marin, the world's top ranked women's player, played like it in her first match of the women's singles tournament. Marin thrashed Finland's Nanna Vainio 21-6 and 2-14 to win 2-0.

Li Xuerui (China) vs. Telma Santos (Portugal)

Li Xuerui of China, one of the top women's players in the world, comfortably beat Telma Santos of Portugal 21-12 and 21-7 to secure the 2-0 win in group play.

Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) vs. Chen Hsuan-Yu Wendy (AUS)

Buranaprasertuk comfortably beat Chen Hsuan-Yu Wendy from Australi 21-14 and 21-15 in both respective matches to claim a 2-0 victory.

Kirsty Gilmour (Great Britain) vs. Jaquet Sabrina (Switzerland)

Great Britain's Kirsty Gilmour took over late in the two games vs. Jaquet Sabrina and won 21-17 and 21-15, respectively, to give her the 2-0 win.

Men's Doubles

Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang (South Korea) vs. Adam Cwalina/Przemyslaw Wacha (Poland)

Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang of South Korea defeated Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland 2-0 in the first match of men's doubles action. The Korean duo won the first game 21-14 and the second game 21-15 to start their tournament on the right track.

Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo-Yeon Seong (South Korea) vs. Matthew Chau/Sawan Serasinghe (Australia)

Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong, also of South Korea comfortably dispatched of Australia's Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe 2-0 after winning 21-14 and 21-16 in both games.

Mohammed Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) vs. Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy B. (India)

Indonesia, the second best men's double pairing in the world according to the rankings, won a very close first game, edging the Indian side 21-18. After a narrow margin of victory the first game, Indonesia closed out India 21-13 in game two to win the match 2-0.

Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov

The Russians defeated the duo from Chinese Taipei 21-11 in their first game and won a closer contest, 22-20, against their foes in game two. They took the 2-0 match victory.

Biao Chai/Wei Hong (China) vs. Endo Hiroyuki/Hayakawa Kenichi (Japan)

In a close opening game between the #5 and #7 ranked men's doubles teams, the Japanese tandem beat the pair from China in the wildest and most entertaining match of the day. Japan won a closer first game 21-18 and China stormed back in game two, winning 21-14. In a nailbiting, back and forth deciding match, Japan came out on top 23-21 to secure a 2-1 match victory.

V Shem Goh/ Wee Kiong Tan (Malaysia) vs. Michael Fuchs/Johannes Schoettler (Germany)

The Malaysian pairing defeated Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler from Germany 21-14 and 21-17 in both games to win the match 2-0. Goh and Tan displayed extra impressive lateral quickness and agility throughout the match. 

Carsten Mogensen/Mathias Boe (Denmark) vs. Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge (Great Britain)

This match between the pairs from Denmark and Great Britain was a tale of two entirely different games and then a closely-contested third game. Mogensen and Boe soundly beat Ellis and Langridge in the first game 21-9 but then lost badly by that same score in the second game. Denmark would prevail in a closer third game, 21-16 to earn the 2-0 victory.

Women's Doubles

Matsutomo/Takahashi (Japan) vs. Gutta Ponnappa (India)

The world's #1 ranked women's doubles team from Japan won its first match 21-15 and comfortably won the second match 21-10 to impressively defeat India 2-0 in group play.

Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark) vs. Ying Luo/Yu Luo (China)

In a matchup of #6 and #7 in women's double world rankings, the Luo duo beat the Danish tandem 21-11 in the first game and 21-18 in a more competitve second game to take the match 2-0.

Nitya Maheswari/Greysia Polli (Indonesia) vs. Lok Yan Poon/Ying Suet Tse (Hong Kong)

The Indonesian pair defeated the women from Hong Kong with no issue, winning 2-0 with 21-9 and 21-11 scores in each game.

Khe Wei Woon/Vivian Kah Mun Hoo (Malaysia) vs Heather Oliver/Lauren Smith (Great Britain)

The tandem from Malaysia played two close games with the women from Great Britan and narrowly emerged victorious in both, winning 21-17 and 24-22.

Yang Yu/Yaungting Tang (China) vs. Johanna Goliszewski/Carla Nelte (Germany)

Facing the second best women's doubles in the world in China's Yang Yu and Yaungting Tang, the German pairing of Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte, 

Ye Na Chang/So Hee Lee (South Korea) vs. Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria)

Chang and Hee Lee, the #9 ranked women's doubles team in the world, dispatched of the Bulgarian duo in a well-fought first game, 22-20, and won game two as well 21-15. The Bulgarian sisters made the Korean tandem work but their efforts were simply not enough to stop them from picking up the 2-0 victory.

Eefje Muskens/Selena Piek (Netherlands) vs Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand)

Muskens and Piek, from the Netherlands, picked up a 2-0 win after defeating the partners from Thailand 21-13 in the first game and 22-20 in a back and forth second game. 

Eva Lee/Paula Lynn Obanana (USA) vs. K,E, Jung/Shin S.C. (South Korea)

Americans Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana struggled against the South Koreans on Thursday night, falling behind each game and failing to recover. The American duo lost 21-14 and 21-12 to fall to 0-1 in group play.



Mixed Doubles

Birgit Michels/Michael Fuchs (Germany) vs. Zhang/Zhao (China)

In a fairly even opening game, Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao bested Germany's Birgit Michels and Michael Fuchs 21-19. The German pair hung tight in the second game as well against the world's #1 ranked mixed doubles team but lost 21-16 and the match 2-0.

Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara (Japan) vs. Jacco Arends/Selena Piek (Netherlands)

Japan's Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara battled the Netherland's Jacco Arends and Selena Piek in a matchup of the world's 14th ranked and 17th ranked mixed doubles tandems, respectively. The duo from the Far East won the match 2-0 after winning its first game 21-14 and its second, 21-19 in a back and forth affair.

Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na (South Korea) vs. Phillip Chew/Jamie Subandhi (USA)

Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto (Indonesia) vs. Lee/Chau (Hong Kong)

While Indonesia won the first game handedly 21-12 against its adversaries from Hong Kong, the Hong Kong duo of Lee and Chau didn't quite easily and fought to a well-earned 21-19 in game two. However, Jordan and Susanto turned it on late in game three and won 21-15, winning the match 2-1.

Ahmad Tontowi/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) vs. Robin Middleton/Leanne Choo (Australia)

In a completely one-sided match, the #3 ranked mixed doubles Indonesian pair of Ahmad Tontowi and Liliyana Natsir crushed the Aussie tandem 21-7 and 21-8, to win the match 2-0.

Peng Soon Chan/Liu Ying Goh (Malaysia) vs. Bodin Isara/Savitree Amitrapai (Thailand)

After a series of great rallies throughout the game, Chan and Goh came away with game one, 21-13. The second was even closer but Chan and Goh won that game as well, 21-19, to earn the 2-0 win. 

Xu Chen/Jin Ma (China) vs. Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (Great Britain)

Chris and Gabrielle Adcock won their first game against Xu Chen and Jin Ma from China in convincing fashion, 21-13. However, China battled back in game two to win 22-20 and force a deciding game three. China would emerge victorious 21-15 in game three to win the match 2-1.

Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (Denmark) vs. Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba (Poland)

The Danes and Poles went toe-to-toe on Thursday in a pair of exciting and close games. In the opening game of the match, Nielsen and Pedersen pulled off the 21-18 victory. In the second game, the margin of victory was even slimmer as they won 23-21 in a very exciting match.




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