Rajiv Ouseph got an immediate chance for revenge against third seed Shi Yuqi. The Chineseman won 24-22 21-17 in Malaysia last week. Ouseph did not quite get revenge, but forced Yuqi into a third set this time, the Englishman winning the first set 21-16.
Were Ouseph to have progressed through the first two rounds he could have faced Lin Dan in the quarter-finals. A strong Men’s Singles turnout sees top seed Viktor Axelsen and fifth seed Chen Long also in a very tough top half of the draw that could meet Dan or Yuqi in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, having lost to the fourth seeded Chinese pair Zheng/Huang in the semi-finals in Malaysia, Chris and Gabby Adcock return to action at The Istora on Wednesday.
They first play the unseeded Dutch pair Arends and Piek who beat fellow English pair Mairs and Moore at the Canadian Open a fortnight ago. Interestingly the exact same match saw Mairs and Moore victorious a week earlier in California though.
An in form married Adcock pair, on a court they love playing on, will expect to progress comfortably through the first two rounds and set up a revenge bid with Zheng/Huang in the quarter-finals.
The last time an English athlete won an Indonesian Open title was way back in the year 2000 when Joanne Goode got her hands on the Mixed and Womens’ Doubles titles.