LIVE SCORES are available on: www.singaporebadmintonopen.com Round 1 The 5-star Singapore Open was most unfortunate to see a number of last-minute withdrawals of some of the big names in badminton. It was bad enough when Lin Dan and Sony Kuncoro and some of the Korean big guns did not participate, neither did local hero, Ronald Susilso and Li Li. But when Taufik Hidayat, Gong Ruina and Roslin Hashim, pulled out at the eleventh hour, the tournament could not afford to lose any more of the big names. So, it was a happy day for the Singapore Open when all but one of the big names failed to move to Round 2. The following are the results of the selected matches: Men's Singles Peter Gade (Den) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 15-2, 15-2 P Gopichand (Ind) bt Pei Wei Chung (Mas) 15-8, 15-5 Anders Boesen (Den) bt Aaron Tan Wai Kiat (Sin) 15-4,15-1 Yohan Hadikusuma Wiratama (Hkg) bt Lu Jun (Sin) 15-1, 15-3 Dicky Palyama (Hol) bt Fu Zhi Hui (Sin) 15-5, 15-5 Lee Chong Wei (Mas) be Wong Zi Liang, Derek (Sin) 15-3, 15-3 Augus Hriyanto (Hkg) bt Lee Tsuen Seng (Mas) 15-4, 15-10 Hafiz Hashim (Mas) bt Huang Chao (Sin) 15-0, 15-3 Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) bt Sainul Amar Ayob (Mas) 15-2, 15-7 Wong Choong Hann (Mas) bt Chew Swee Hau (Sin) 15-2, 15-1 Marleve Mainaky (Ina) bt Jamaes Chua (Mas) 6-15, 15-7, 15-7 Chen Hong bt Chon Kien Ling (Mas) 15-2, 15-1 Shoji Sato (Jpn) bt Lim Chen Wei (Mas) 15-7, 15-7 Michael Christensen (Den) bt Martyn Lewis (Wal) 15-1, 15-1 Jang Young Soo (Kor) bt Jan Vondra (Cze) 15-3, 15-5 Andrew Smith (Eng) bt Raymond Steven (Mas) 15-4, 15-4 Ng Wei (Hkg) bt Abhinn Shyam Gupta (Ind) 15-0, 15-13 Chen Yu bt Joachim Persson (Den) 15-6, 15-12 Hu Yun (Chn) bt Stuart Brehaut (Aus) 15-6, 15-6 Kenneth Johnassen (Den) bt Yousuke Nakanishi (Jpn) 11-15, 15-2, 15-1 Women's Singles Xing Aiying (Sin) bt Anita Raj Kaur (Mas) 11-4, 11-1 Yao Jie (Hol) bt Camilla Sorensen (Den) 11-0, 11-2 Zhou Mi (Chn) bt Aparna Popat (Ind) 11-1, 11-0 Kelly Morgan (Wal) bt Liu Fan (Sin) 11-4, 11-5 Kaori Mori (Jpn) bt Tatiana Vattier (Fra) 11-2, 11-3 Tracey Hallam (Eng) bt Shinta Mulya Sari (Sin) 11-6, 11-9 *Tine Rasmussen (Den) bt Wang Chen (Hkg) 11-9, 11-0 Pi Hongyang (Fra) bt Kim Mi Young (Kor) 11-2, 11-2 Chen Li (Chn) bt Salakjit Ponsana (Tha) 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 Xu Huaiwen (Ger) bt Woon Sze Mei (Mas) 11-1, 11-9 Lee Yun Hwa (Kor) bt Kellie Lucas (Aus) 11-0, 11-1 Zhang Ning (Chn) bt Li Wang Youn (Kor) 11-4, 11-1 Other results not available at press time, except the following writeup. Yestersday's Round 1's most shocking result as reported in "Streats": November 18, 2004 Hendri, Li steal show Singapore unseeded mixed doubles team scalp World No 2 Chinese pair By Gary Lim HE was sacked by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) earlier this year for being unfit. Last month, Hendri Kurniawan Supatra, 23, and his brother Hendra Wijaya, 19, were given a second chance to prove their worth. Yesterday, the Indonesia-born Hendri repaid the SBA's faith when he partnered Li Yujia to score the biggest upset in the opening round of the Aviva Open Singapore 2004. The unseeded mixed doubles pair (above) played the match of their lives to defeat China's world No 2 Zhao Tingting and Chen Qiqiu 15-9, 7-15, 17-16 in an energy-sapping battle that lasted 69 minutes. They will take on the English pairing of Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in the second round. Said Li: "We were under no pressure because our opponents were stronger and more experienced. We were thinking of learning from them. "The win was unexpected, but we are not overconfident. We will take one match at a time." The action on Court Four at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was as tight as the scoreline suggested. The controversy off the court added spice to the match. At 16-16 in the rubber set, Hendri went for the kill with a forehand smash. The shuttle cock appeared to skim the line, and the line judge ruled it in, much to the chagrin of the Chinese players. They promptly protested to the umpire, but he upheld the line judge's decision. The incensed Chinese players and officials stormed off the court, and declined to comment after the match. SBA technical director Zheng Qingjin preferred to downplay the incident. He said: "I was sitting in the stands, so I didn't have a good view of where that shot landed. It certainly looked like it was very close. "I don't want to discuss the call, but these things happen in badminton all the time." Zheng was more keen to praise the duo's spirit against their world-class opponents. He said: "Hendri just resumed his pairing with Li a few weeks after returning from Indonesia, so the performance was really heartening. "What impressed me most was the fact that they never gave up, despite trailing 7-13 in the final set. "In matches like these, the mental strength of the players will determine the result and I'm really happy that they fought till the end to earn their win." SBA executive director Jacqueline Lim was also delighted with the win. She said: "The boys realised that they lost a golden opportunity when they were sent back. "They have come to terms with that and they told us they want to come back to play badminton. "They will be on probation and have until February to pass their fitness tests. "But Hendri and Li played an exceptionally good match today, and we are pleasantly surprised." It also helped that Hendri and Li, 21, have played together before. So it did not take much time for the pair to gel. Last year in September, they won the mixed doubles title at the Singapore Pools Asian Satellite tournament. One month later, they helped themselves to the India Satellite 2003 title. If they can maintain their form, this won't be the last that one will hear of them.