Jakarta: No. 1 seed Lee Chong Wei was made to work before reaching the Indonesia Open second round on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old got off to slow start, struggled to adapt to the conditions on court but bounced back after dropping the first set to beat Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 13-21, 21-10, 21-18 in 62 minutes.
“Tommy played very confidently, and made very few mistakes. Chong Wei lost his focus in the first game, but was able to find his way back to the match,” said his coach Hendrawan.
Lee extended his career meeting record against Sugiarto to 15-0 after the match on Wednesday.
Lee who is eyeing his record 7th Indonesia Open title, will meet H.S Prannoy of India. Prannoy put on a strong display in the first round to dispatch home favorite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-13, 21-18 in 42 minutes.
“Chong Wei will not underestimate Prannoy. The Indian shuttler played very well to beat Anthony in the first round,” added Hendrawan.
Meanwhile, Lin Dan’s bid for his first Indonesia Open title was stopped abruptly in its tracks in the opening round as he lost in two-sets to Taiwanese Wang Tzu Wei 21-16-21-18 in 42 minutes.
Besides Lee, the only other player to have won the Indonesia Open six time was the 2004 Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.