Comprehensive wins, the leading names in the Women’s Singles event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, all booked third round places with consummate ease, following success on Thursday 30th August.
In fact none of the top 16 names experienced defeat and none surrendered more than one game; it was clinical efficiency.
The only players to experience minimal problems were Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, Japan’s Minami Ando and Singapore’s Yu Mengyu.
Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.11 seed, needed five games to end the hopes of Macao’s Chong Weng I (11-8, 11-2, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3), as did Minami Ando, the no.13 seed, when opposing Nguyen Thi Nga (11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3).
Challenges thwarted, it was the same for Yu Mengyu was facing Malaysia’s Alice Chang Li Sian; she surrendered the fourth game but quickly recovered to assert her authority on proceedings (11-4, 11-2, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2).
Meanwhile, for the elite names, it was life in the fast line; the national associations with the greatest pedigree of success prevailing in an event where each national association is limited to a maximum of two players.
China’s Chen Meng, the top seed, beat Vietnam’s Nguyen Khoa Dieu Khanh (11-1, 11-3, 11-2, 11-3); likewise colleague Wang Manyu, the no.2 seed, showed no mercy when opposing Sri Lanka’s Ishara Madurangi (11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 11-1).
Similarly, on duty for Chinese Taipei, Cheng I-Ching, the no.3 seed, accounted for Mongolia’s Bolor-Erdene Batmunkh (11-6, 11-2, 11-5, 11-3); Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, the no.4 seed, who had not enjoyed the best of fortunes in the preceding Women’s Team event, established control from start to finish. She proved few steps ahead of Pakistan’s Aisha Iqbal Ansari (11-5, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5).
The third round and quarter-final matches in the Women’s Singles event will be played on Friday 31st August; the semi-finals and finals on Saturday 1st September.