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Wang on the double, Zulfadli makes second round

American Rena Wang (below), qualified for two events at the Swiss Open while world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli reached the second round of the men’s singles event on Tuesday.

Wang, who partners her sister Iris in the women’s doubles, made it to the maindraw of both the singles and doubles competitions on a busy day which saw her play four matches.

In the singles, she first beat Nicole Schaller 21-13, 13-21, 22-20, before edging Michelle Chan 21-12, 22-24, 21-19.

In the doubles, the Wang sisters started off by thrashing Ayla Huser-Simone Melanie Jegge 21-4, 21-5, before going to surviving an onslaught from Jenny Wallwork-Gabrielle White to win 21-10, 13-21, 24-22.

There was no qualifying for the men’s singles competition as unlike the other categories, it is a 64-man draw instead of the usual 32 player-draw.

Zulfadli replaced his compatriot and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei who pulled out after injuring his right shoulder at last week’s All England Open.

The 18-year-old made full use of his good fortune to beat Belgium’s Yuhan Tan 21-14, 21-13. He will now play Bulgaria’s Stilian Makarski, who defeated Peru’s Rodrigo Pacheco Carrillo 22-20, 21-9.

Second seed Chen Long (right), who suffered a quarter-final loss to Japan’s Kenichi Tago at the All England, bounced back to beat Hong Ji Hoon of South Korea 21-18, 21-10.

Peter Gade and Chen Jin, who are racing to finish fourth in the world rankings before April 29, both won their opening matches.

Gade, who is currently fourth, beat Eric Pang 21-15, 21-15 while fifth-placed Chen Jin edged India’s R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 21-11, 26-24.

Chen Jin needs to finish fourth in the world rankings by the end of April in order to win a ticket to the Olympics.

His compatriots Lin Dan (No.2 ) and Chen Long (No. 3) will qualify for London as each country can only have two representatives if their shuttlers are among the top 16, but will get a third berth if they have three players among the top four in the world.

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