The Hong Kong Coliseum is hosting this year's tournament © Hong Kong Coliseum Leisure and Cultural Services Department

More than 70 matches were played on the first day of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Hong Kong Open as qualifying rounds in all five categories were completed.

The shortest complete match of the day saw experienced Indian Kashyap Parupalli demolish 23-year-old Yu Chao Kan of Chinese Taipei in 18 minutes by a score of 21-12, 21-10. 

At the other end of the scale, several matches were pushing towards the hour mark with a full three games included. 

The honour of longest match went to the men’s singles affair between Lee Dong-keun and Lu Chia-hung, which finished after one hour five minutes with Lee coming out on top.

Last year's tournament was won by Ng Ka Long Angus © All England Badminton
Last year's tournament was won by Ng Ka Long Angus © All England Badminton

Arguably the most competitive match of the day came in the mixed doubles with Indonesian pair Alfian Eko Prasetya and Melati Daeva Otkavianti staging an excellent comeback from one game down against Tinn Isriyanet and Pacharapun Chochuwong of Thailand. 

After losing the first game 21-23, they won the final two games 21-17 and 21-19 to clinch victory. 

The overall points difference by the end of the match was only four.

Tomorrow sees the seeds of the tournament enter play as the First Round gets underway. 

Last year’s surprise champion Ng Ka Long Angus, the first Hong Kong player to win a Superseries tournament, will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in his first match of the competition.

The Hong Kong Open ends on Sunday (November 26) with a prize pot of $400,000  (£302,000/€341,000) up for grabs.