Taipei, June 20 (CNA) A number of Taiwanese badminton players on Wednesday made it through to the second round in their respective events at the Li Ning Singapore Open after defeating their opponents in the first round.
Seeded fourth in the contest, Cheng Shao-chieh edged out her unseeded Chinese rival Han Li 22-20, 21-10 in 37 minutes at the Singapore event, which is part of the Badminton World Federation's Superseries tournament and the last Superseries contest before the London Olympics.
Cheng, who is currently ranked 11th in the world, will face Chen Jiayuan of Singapore Thursday in the second round.
Fellow Taiwanese female badminton player Tai Tzu-ying, ranked 12th in the world, defeated Indonesian Aprilla Yuswandari 21-19, 21-15. The contest's fifth seed, Tai is scheduled to face Eriko Hirose of Japan in the second round.
Cheng and Tai will both represent Taiwan in the womens's singles event at the London Games that start July 28.
In the men's singles event, Hsu Jen-hao lost to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia 23-21, 21-16 in the first round. Hsu, who is ranked 24th in the world, will also represent Taiwan in London.
Lee Sheng-mu and Fang Chieh-min secured an easy win, defeating Malaysians Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari 21-8, 21-13 in the first round of the men's doubles.
The Taiwanese duo, who will represent Taiwan in London, will face Christian John Skovgaard and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark Thursday.
The Li Ning Singapore Open, which has total prize money of US$200,000, kicked off a day earlier and will run through June 24.
A total of eight Taiwanese badminton players will participate in six events at the London Games, the largest group of any sport to represent Taiwan.
(By Lung Po-an and Scully Hsiao)