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Lin off to a flyer in Changzhou

OLYMPIC and world champion Lin Dan was off to a flying start at the China Masters yesterday, easing past teammate Qiu Yanbo 21-13, 21-13 in the men's singles first round.

Men's singles world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia also booked a second round berth in a one-sided match where the 27-year-old pushed aside Lu Qicheng, a Changzhou local, 21-8, 21-16.

Lin, who turned 26 on Monday, smashed 22 winners and proved to be a more consistent player to win 42 of the 68 rallies in the 32-minute match.

"I think Qiu was a little bit nervous today maybe because he wanted to do a good job in his hometown," said Lin, who has scored a badminton grand slam - winning the Beijing Olympics, three world championships, two Thomas Cup and two Sudirman Cup team events. "He can do really well when we train in the national team but competition is so much different from practice," he added.

Denmark's fifth seed Joachim Persson breezed past Chinese Liu Jingru 21-16, 21-15 before South Korea's Asian champion Park Sung-hwan, seeded sixth, worked his way to the second round by beating youth world champion Wang Zhengming 21-18, 22-20.

"I felt I had a chance to win but lacked changes during the match," said the 19-year-old Chinese.

Mixed doubles pair Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama and Hoi Wah Chau became the first high-profile casualties in Changzhou yesterday.

They were followed by sixth-seeded Songphon Anugritayawon/Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand who lost to Ko Sung-hyun/Ha Jung-eun of South Korea 21-8, 21-17.

The South Korean Open bronze medalists Wiratama and Chau from Hong Kong, China, were surprised by Chinese teenage pair Chai Biao and Xia Huan 21-17, 21-19 in 30 minutes.

In women's singles, world No. 1 Zhou Mi clinched victory over South Korean Jang soo-young 21-15, 21-18. Changzhou native Lu Lan eased into the second round as the fifth seed brushed aside compatriot Zhu Lin 21-13, 21-9.


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