Thailand's top players Busanan Ongbumrungpan and Sitthikom Thammasin took easy wins in their opening matches at the SCG BWF World Junior Championships yesterday.
Sitthikom Thammasin in action against South Africa’s Michael Jennings.
Second seed Busanan, the world's top junior female player, needed only 21 minutes to see off American Anna Tang in the second round of the women's singles.
She will next meet Ho Yen Mei of Malaysia in the third round (last 32) at Indoor Stadium, Hua Mark.
Busanan is tipped to follow in the footsteps of Ratchanok Intanon who won the world junior title three times from 2009-2011. Ratchanok went on to win the world senior crown this year.
Thamolwan Poopradubsil and Chochuwong Pornpawee also booked their places in the third round.
Thamolwan beat fellow Thai Supanida Katethong 16-21, 21-15, 21-19 to meet Ruthvika Shivani of India in the third round.
Chochuwong defeated Haramara Gaitan of Mexico 21-13, 21-11 and will take on China's Wang Xin Yuan in the next round.
Top seed Aya Ohori of Japan reached the third round with a 21-10, 21-9 win over Sung Shuo Yun of Taiwan.
In the men's singles, second seed Sitthikom needed only 24 minutes to beat South Africa's Michael Jennings 21-6, 21-11.
Sitthikom has had good results at the senior level this year and is considered a favourite in the men's event. He will face Christie Jonatan of Indonesia in the third round.
Other Thais who advanced to the third round included Pannawit Thongnuam and Kantaphon Wongcharoen. Pannawit defeated Macau's Kin Hei Tai while Kantaphon beat Joel Eipe of Denmark.
Unfortunately, Mek Narongrit lost to Yang Sheng-Jie of Taiwan 21-17, 21-10. The Taiwanese will be up against top seed and Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi of Malaysia who defeated Luis Ramon Garrido of Mexico.
Busanan Ongbumrungpan will meet Ho Yen Mei of Malaysia in the third round.
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