Latest Badminton News and Articles

Top players survive scares at badminton's Thai Open (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 26 June 2008
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 840

Top-ranked badminton players Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan of China both survived scares from unseeded opponents to win their opening-round matches Wednesday at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold.

Women's world No. 1 Xie needed three games to dispatch Julia Pei Xian Wong of Malaysia 21-17, 19-21, 21-19 in a surprisingly tight match that went down to the wire.

The deciding game was a back-and-forth affair, with the two trading the lead several times. Wong found herself on the verge of an upset at 19-19 before Xie took the final two points for the match.

Image
Xingfang Xie, shown here at a tournament in Switzerland in March, needed a strong finish to dispatch her first-round opponent at the Thai Open. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone/Associated Press)

Xie moves on to face Indonesia's Yuswandari Aprillia on Thursday, with a spot in the quarter-finals on the line.

Lin — the world's top men's player and Xie's boyfriend — also required three games to knock off his first-round opponent, unseeded Thai qualifier Pakkawat Vilailak.

"Super Dan" started well, taking the first game 21-14. But Vilailak fought back, scoring eight straight points to lead 9-1 en route to taking the second game 21-17. Lin, though, closed out the match with a convincing 21-14 win in the deciding game.

Lin moves on to face Hsieh Yu-hsin of Chinese Taipei in the second round.

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: Chinese Taipei 2014

playbutton-2014-square-chinese-taipei-open
Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Glasgow 2014: Malaysia crushes Barbados, India sweeps Ghana & Uganda

Glasgow: No tears, no drama, no contest. Malaysia got off to

India thrash Kenya 5-0 to top badminton mixed team group

Glasgow: After thrashing Ghana and Uganda with the exact sco

Glasgow 2014: Small country, big heart - Norfolk Island

Glasgow: Few days ago, Norfolk Island badminton star Ri

Incredible! China wins 13 titles in 16 Uber Cup Final Appearances

New Delhi: After the Thomas Cup heartbreak yesterday, China

Thomas Cup Final: Congratulations to Japan, thanks to Malaysia

New Delhi: In one of the classic Thomas Cup Final of the pas

Malaysia's Thomas Cup heroes get rousing homecoming

Sepang: Hundreds of fans packed the Kuala Lumpur Internation

Recommended Videos

  • 2013 Japan Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Indonesia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Hong Kong Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Singapore Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Championships - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Denmark Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Malaysia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 All England - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Korea Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Superseries Finals - Badminton Videos
Previous Next