The opening match at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) French Open in Paris produced the first shock of the day as Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting, who defeated Japan’s all-conquering world champion Kento Momota last month to win the China Open title, was beaten by the unseeded Kantaphon Wangcharoen.
The Thai player defeated Ginting, seeded eighth, 22-20, 21-12 to earn a men’s singles second round meeting with England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who beat Malaysia’s Daren Liew 21-19, 21-17 in his first round match at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in this HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 event.
There was another first round shock in the men’s singles as Norway’s unseeded Rasmus Gemke beat Chinese Taipei’s fourth-seeded Tien Chen Chou 21-11, 18-21, 21-12 to earn a second round match against fellow countryman Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
China’s second seed Shi Yuqi made no mistakes in his opening match, beating Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-14, 21-16.
Meanwhile Momota - world number one, world champion and winner of the BWF Denmark Open earlier this week- is preparing to get into action tomorrow in this tournament due to conclude on Sunday (October 28).
Today’s women’s singles matches went to form, with Japan’s second seed Akane Yamaguchi proceeding with a 21-17, 21-12 win over Canada’s Michelle Li, and third seed P V Sindhu of India also reaching the second round with a 21-17, 21-8 win over Malaysia’s Beiwen Zhang.
Chinese Taipei’s world number one and top seed Tai Tzu-ying, winner of the women's version of the Denmark Open title on Sunday, is scheduled to open to her campaign tomorrow.