An Se-young continued her form to reach the third round in Huelva ©Getty Images

South Korea’s An Se-young advanced to the third round of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Championships as she seeks to maintain her stunning recent form by clinching the world title in Huelva.

The 19-year-old has dominated the women’s singles circuit in the latter part of the season, winning Indonesia Masters, Indonesia Open and BWF World Tour Finals titles.

An began her World Championship campaign today by beating the United States' Iris Wang 21-7, 21-15 in the second round at the Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín.

The tournament fifth seed will now face China’s Wang Zhiyi, who beat Germany’s Yvonne Li 21-7, 21-17 today.

The winner will face Japanese opposition in the quarter-final stage of the competition, with Akane Yamaguchi and Sayaka Takanashi meeting in the third round.

Second seed Yamaguchi secured a 21-13, 21-15 win over Denmark’s Line Kjærsfeldt in her second-round match.

Takanashi recorded a 21-13, 21-14 win over Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu-po today.

The withdrawal of Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara saw China’s Zhang Yiman receive a bye into the third round of the tournament.

Zhang will face South Korea’s Kim Ga-eun, who beat Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan 21-18, 24-22.

The men’s singles event saw Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus come from a game down to eliminate sixth seed Kanta Tsuneyama 11-21, 21-13, 21-17.

Anders Antonsen remains the top seed remaining in the men's singles tournament ©Getty Images
Anders Antonsen remains the top seed remaining in the men's singles tournament ©Getty Images

Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia will face the Dane in the third round, after the sixth seed earned a hard-fought 21-14, 22-24, 21-14 victory over Brazil’s Ygor Coelho.

A mix of withdrawals and early tournament exits have led to only six of the top 16 seeds featuring in the third round.

Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, the 2019 runner-up, remains the highest-ranked player in the competition.

The third seed overcame Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne 21-11, 21-15 in the second round.

Antonsen will now play Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu, who was a 21-13, 21-15 winner against Azerbaijan’s Ade Resky Dwicahyo.

Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke recorded a 22-20, 21-12 win over Luís Enrique Peñalver of Spain to reach the third round, where he will face India’s Prannoy Kumar.

Prannoy was a 21-7, 21-17 victor against Malaysia’s Liew Daren.