AN overnight fever did not stop national number one Lee Chong Wei from reaching the second round of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann and KLRC Bhd’s Sairul Amar Ayob gave better performances in their chase to win valuable Olympic ranking points and joined Chong Wei in the second round.
The top seeded Chong Wei, who is now ranked number two in the world and virtually assured of a place in the Beijing Games, had to dig deep into his reserves to beat compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-17, 21-16 in a 35-minute match.
Hafiz dished out a good attacking game, which had been missing from his armoury for some time. But a lack of fitness let him down.
Chong Wei will be up against Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw today and he said that he expected a tough match.
Dispute: South Korea’s Park Sung-hwan (right) protesting against a decision while Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat looks on during their first round match in the Malaysian Open badminton championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday. Taufik won 15-21, 22-20, 21-16.