Fuzhou: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has avenged World Championships defeat to Frenchman Brice Leverdez with an almost flawless badminton display in the second round of China Open on Thursday.
The former World No. 1 Malaysian forged to a 21-6, 21-9 victory in just 31 minutes with a majestic exhibition.
“I didn’t expect the match to be as easy as it was,” said Lee after the match.
“I remained focused through the whole match, I just wanted to find my rhythm and regain my confidence. I was fully prepared for Leverdez including watching the video of his previous matches,” added Lee.
The Malaysian was untouchable on his speed and strong cross court smashes, shredding stubborn Leverdez with high skill and precision. He will play Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong next.
Meanwhile, World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark also advanced into the quarterfinals with a comfortable 21-12, 21-14 win over the 2016 Korea Open champion Qiao Bin from China and will take on Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan on Friday.
Lee Chong Wei and Viktor Axelsen were in the same side of the bracket and they appeared to be on a collision course if both are able to secure their semifinal berths.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s challenges in the men’s doubles and women’s doubles ended when Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong bowed out to Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan from China 16-21, 14-21, while Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei were sent packing by their respective opponents in women’s doubles second round.