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The world No 19, who turns 22 on Wednesday, had no problem picking off the diminutive Indonesian in straight sets, 21-9 21-16, in just 37 minutes in the BWF World Tour Super 300 event.
The 2018 finalist, who has yet to win a singles title on the tour, joined 2017 champion Busanan Ongbamrungphan who was put to the test before beating sixth-seeded Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 26-24 22-24 21-18 in a long tussle lasting 88 minutes.
Also advancing into round two was teenager Phittayaporn Chaiwan. The 2019 World Junior Championships bronze medallist ousted Lianne Tan of Belgium 21-18 21-12.
On the men’s side, 2019 World Championships bronze medallist Kantaphon Wangcharoen went down to Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-18 21-12 21-14 in an all Thai affair.
Also advancing were three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn after he vanquished Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-14 21-13 and Khosit Phetpradab who beat Huang Yu Xiang of China 14-21 21-13 21-14.
Third-seeded Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong stunned former Olympic champion Lin Dan of China 21-18 21-9.