Moch. N. Kurniawan, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar
Most of the top seeds in the boys' singles advanced to the fourth round of the Milo Junior Indonesia Open on Wednesday, but China lost its 3/4th seed Chen Tianyu to local badminton player Teguh Siswanto.
Chen was surprised 12-15, 3-15 by Teguh in the second round.
Boys' singles top seed Lu Qicheng stamped his authority in his matches with easy wins over local opponents in the second and third rounds, both played on Wednesday.
Lu thrashed Azwar 15-2, 15-3 and Imbar Haryadi 15-4, 15-2.
Second seed Fauzi Adnan of Indonesia beat Sayed Matir of Syria 15-4, 15-1 in the second round and then Wawan of Indonesia 15-8, 15-2.
Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin of Malaysia, also seeded 3/4, was tested in both his matches, defeating Kasman of Indonesia 15-9, 15-3 and Ricky Widianto of Singapore 15-6, 17-16.
Achmad Rivai of Indonesia, who played for Indonesia in the Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Jakarta two weeks ago and is 5/8 seed, was too strong for a pair of compatriots, beating Rai Vichy Sopha Yupinato 15-2, 15-6 and Farhad 15-4, 15-4.
The girls set up their quarterfinals for Thursday.
Girls' singles top seed, 17-year-old Wang Yihan of China, who is suffering from a knee strain, almost lost in the second round, finally pulling out a 9-11, 11-0, 11-8 against 15-year-old Maria Febe Kusumastuti, who plays for the Djarum club.
In the deciding game, Maria Febe took a 8-3 lead, but a string of errors allowed Wang back into the match.
Wang gave a more convincing 11-7, 11-7 display in the afternoon against Pupin, another local player.
Second seed Tai Yi also advanced and will meet 5/8 seed Pia Zebadiah of Indonesia, the opponent who beat her in the team event of the Asian Junior Badminton Championship,
Tai drubbed Felicia of Indonesia 11-1, 11-0 before overcoming Gu Juan of Singapore 13-10, 11-2.
Pia cruised against Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia 11-4, 11-4 and Richi Puspita Dili of Indonesia 11-2, 11-7.
Belaetrix Manuputty of Indonesia, the 3/4th seed, also advanced by defeating Zhang Beiwen of Singapore 13-12, 11-4 in the third round. The player, nicknamed Bela, beat Sanmiarsih of Indonesia in the second round.
She has the chances to reach at least the semifinal, Retno Kustiyah, senior coach of Jaya Raya club and a former national doubles coach, said of Bela.
The competition among players is tough, so it depends on who is ready to play, that's who will win.
The boys' and girls's doubles as well as the mixed doubles were being played on Wednesday evening.