Number one seed, Kevin Cordon from Guatemala made his first appearance on court today at the CROWNE PLAZA Northern Marianas Open 2023. Playing against Allan Zeng from Guam, Cordon eased through his first match to progress to the round of 16. A casualty of day one was Takuma Obayashi (5] who began strong against his Chinese Taipei opponent, however, was outplayed by Liao Jhuo-Fu. Finland’s only competitor, Joakim Oldorff lit up the court with a skillful display against Su Li Yang. Despite a gallant effort in the second game and taking the fourth seed to a third game, he was outplayed by Yang who returned to the court re-energised.
- Kevin Cordon (GUA)  vs Allan Zeng (GUM) 21-2 21-2
- Liao Jhuo-Fu (TPE) vs Takuma Obayashi (JPN)  15-21 21-18 21-15
- Su Li Yang (TPE)  vs Joakim Oldorff (FIN) 21-19 25-27 21-5
In the women’s singles, fourth seed Wen Yu Zhang suffered a scare in her first round match, being taken to three games against Chen Su Yu. One game down, she rallied herself in the second and third games to take the win. Louisa Ma could not hold on after a close first game loss to Ruo Hsuan Ko who sprinted through the second game to take the win. Meanwhile Insyriah Khan  could not hold off a charging Yi En Hsieh who took every opportunity to move through to the last 16.
- Wen Yu Zhang (CAN)  vs Chen Su Yu (TPE) 22-24 21-15 21-11
- Ruo Hsuan Ko (TPE) vs Louisa Ma (AUS) 20-22 8-21
- Yi En Hsieh (TPE) vs Insyriah Khan (SGP)  21-19 25-23
With the mixed doubles making their debut on day two, not every seed progressed through to the second round. Kim Young Hyuk and Lee Yu Lim from Korea, seeded second, struggled against a fired-up Wei Chun Wei and Nicole Gonzales Chan from Chinese Taipei. The scores fluctuated between the two pair with Wei and Chan eventually winning in three games. After making their way through qualifying, Shuntaro Mezaki and Hina Osawa came up against Tseng Ping-Chiang/Jiang Yi-Hua who were promoted from qualifying. Both were desperate to progress through the main draw, but only one would do so. After a close first game, Mezaki/Osawa dispatched Tseng/Jiang to move past the first round. Relishing the experience of playing in a BWF Grade 3 event while representing their country, Nathan Guerrero and Janelle Pangilinan struggled against their dominant opposition from the Asia region who offered up a mixed doubles master class.
- Wei Chun Wei/Nicole Gonzales Chan (TPE) vs Kim Young Hyuk/Lee Yu Lim (KOR)  21-17 14-21 21-19.
- Shuntaro Mezaki/Hina Osawa (JPN) vs Tseng Ping Chiang/Jiang Yi-Hua (TPE) 26-24 21-9
- Lu Chen/Cheng Yu-Pei (TPE) vs Nathan Guerrero/Janelle Pangilinan (NMI) 21-7 21-9
Check out all results from day two of the CROWNE PLAZA Northern Marianas Open 2023 on Tournament Software. All matches on courts one and two are available to watch live and free via Badminton Oceania’s YouTube channel – click here to watch.
Day three starts with the exciting men’s doubles at 12pm local time (GMT+10).
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