Singapore Open 2023: Ng Tze Yong fights for the second round

Badminton News: Men’s singles badminton player Ng Tze Yong has fought his way through to the second round of the Singapore Open World Tour Super 750 tournament to continue his mission in the world top 20 while independent badminton player Cheam June Wei lost to All England champion Li Shifeng of China yesterday.

Ng Tze Yong, who reached the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open Super 500 last week, beat Ireland’s Ngat Nguyen 21-17, 18-21, 21-15 in his opening match.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) athlete saw his world ranking climb three places to No. 1. 21 this week and he hopes to break into the top 20 by reaching the quarter-finals and beyond in Lion City.

However, it will be a tough task for 23-year-old Tze Yong as he has to face last week’s Thailand Open champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn today.

Kunlavut, the world number 3, is in great form and also won the Indian Open in January.

The pair have only met once before and the Thai beat Tze Yong at the U-19 event in Jakarta six years ago.

Meanwhile, June Wei pushed Shifeng, ranked 12th in the world, three games 21-16, 19-21, 21-14 in a game that lasted 75 minutes.

In the women’s singles sector, independent player Goh Jin Wei was also eliminated after losing back-to-back matches 11-21, 11-21 to Wang Zhiyi of China in the opening match of the 2023 Singapore Open.

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