Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Two of Taiwan's top badminton players, Chou Tien-chen (周天成) and Wang Tzu-wei (王子維), advanced to the second round of the Thailand Open on Wednesday, after beating their respective opponents in the men's singles.
Chou, ranked third in the world, defeated Lee Dong-keun of South Korea 21-13, 21-13, in a 43-minute match at Bangkok's Indoor Stadium Huamark.
Earlier this month, Chou clinched the men's singles title at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta, becoming the first Taiwanese to do so.
Meanwhile, Wang, ranked 29th in the world, upset former world No. 1 Chen Long (諶龍) of China, 21-13, 21-18, in a first round match that lasted 43 minutes Wednesday.
Wang and Chen now have two wins each in their four matchups to date at the tournament.
In other games, Taiwan's men's doubles pair Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) defeated their South Korean opponents earlier in the day to advance to the second round of the competition.
In the women's doubles, Hsu Ya-ching (許雅晴) and Hu Ling-fang (胡綾芳) of Taiwan also went through to the second round after winning against a pair from Thailand.
The 2019 Thailand Open, the 16th tournament of the 2019 Badminton World Federation World Tour, carries a total purse of US$350,000 and is being held through Aug. 4.