Ratchanok to clash with Cai in opener
published : 15 Jan 2020 at 04:01
newspaper section: Sports
Ratchanok Intanon will be trying to bounce back from last week's early exit when she begins her campaign at the Indonesia Masters today.
As the Malaysia Masters defending champion, the 24-year-old Thai was eliminated in the second round by China's Wang Zhiyi in the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Ratchanok faces Cai Yanyan, another Chinese player, in the women's singles first round in Jakarta today.
If the fourth-seeded Thai avoids an upset, she will meet a compatriot in the second round.
Pornpawee Chochuwong is up against Busanan Ongbamrungphan with the winner taking on Ratchanok or Cai.
Nitchaon Jindapol faces reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain.
Qualifier Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, the other Thai in the women's singles competition, opens against sixth seed He Bingjiao from China.
Porntip defeated Germany's Yvonne Li of Germany 22-20, 21-11 in the qualifying round yesterday.
Porntip, once one of Thailand's top players, is trying to make a comeback after a career-threatening injury.
In-form Chen Yufei of China is the women's top seed.
Chen won the Malaysia Masters after defeating Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying 2-0 in the final on Sunday.
The Taiwanese is not playing in the US$400,000 Indonesia Masters, also a World Tour Super 500 tournament.
In yesterday's action, mixed doubles duo Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai comfortably beat China's He Jiting and Du Yue 21-12, 21-12 in the first round.
Like Ratchanok, the Thai pair suffered a second round loss in Malaysia.