Good start for the favorites
Second round is going in Basel !
Since 10am this morning, players have been fighting a spot into 3rd round. Day 2 in St. Jakoshalle and lots of players are getting on courts ! Around 70 matches are played today with the willpower to be there again tomorrow.
The bests prevail : No suprises for the best ranked players who managed to earn their spot into the 2nd round.
The runner up of the 2017 European Championships, Evgeniya Kosetskaya successfully won her 1st match in Basel against Chloe Birch. We will still see the British player later today in Women’s Doubles with Lauren Smith.
No worries for the Olympic champion CHEN Long who won against a player from Japan, Yu IGARASHI 21-12, 21-11.
Carolina Marin’s peer, Clara AZURMENDI only needed to spend 17min on court to get her ticket for the 2nd round after beating Isabel Zhong. 21-4, 21-6.
Same thing goes for Beiwen ZHANG from the United States who reached the next round after her win against Ksenia Polikarpova, 21-8, 21-13.
The 1st seed Shi Yuqi had to fight his way out during his match against the Russian Vladimir MALAKOV in 3 games, 21-10, 21-23, 21-17.
Let's see about the others...