Mixed doubles stars Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai advanced to the last 16 round of the BWF World Championships 2021 in Huelva, Spain, on Wednesday.
The Thai second seeded pair needed just 28 minutes to dispatch Patrick Scheiel and Franziska Volkmann of Germany 21-7, 21-13 in the second round.
The world No.1 duo, who won the season-ending triple-header in Indonesia earlier this month, next face Mathias Thyrri and Mai Surrow of Denmark for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Danes received a walkover win against Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari of Indonesia.
Chinese top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, who yielded the No.1 ranking to Dechapol and Sapsiree last week, were upset by Chang Tak Ching and Ng Wing Yung of Hong Kong on Tuesday.
Meanwhile women’s doubles pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai also progressd to the last 16.
The sixth seeded duo defeated Alina Davletova and Ekaterina Malkova of Russia 21-16, 13-21, 21-17 They play Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki N Reddy of India in the last 16.
However fellow Thais Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard bowed out, losing to Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu of China 9-21, 14-21.
Women’s singles hopes Ratchanok Intanon, Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Phittayaporn Chaiwan and men’s singles player Kantaphon Wangcharoen were due to play their second round matches later last night.
Another mixed doubles hopes Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran were also scheduled to play later.
In other women’s singles matches, South Korea’s An Se-Young, Japan’s Sakaya Takahashi and China’s Wang Zhiyi all advanced.
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