Glasgow: France’s Brice Leverdez pulled off the biggest upset at badminton World Championships by outlasting men’s second seed Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles first round in Glasgow on Tuesday.
The former world number one Lee Chong Wei, who is currently world number two, lost 19-21, 24-22, 17-21.
Leverdez was excited after the victory.
“I’m really happy,” he said. “I managed to stay calm and played my own game.”
Leverdez had two match points in the second game 20-21 and 21-22, and it was only a successful Hawkeye challenge by Lee Chong Wei that saved Lee from a straight-games exit.
Although Lee at one point was leading 15-10 in the decider, but the Frenchman would not give up and played patiently to pull off the shocker.
“I’m very disappointed, I tried my best and he got lucky on a few points,” said Lee after the match.
Lee also issued an apology on his official Twitter page over first-round defeat.
Tuesday’s loss was Lee’s second loss to Leverdez after going down to the Frenchman at the Denmark Open last year.