Fullerton: One of the most notable stories of the 2018 US Open was the surprisingly early exit made by two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan. By early, of course, we meat to say that the 34-year-old crashed out in the first round of the event.
Lin was the No. 1 seed but was shocked by Lee Dong Keun of who took the opening set 21-13. When Lin Dan was trailed 12-19 in the second set and on the brink of defeat, he decided to retire from the match to send Lee through to the second round at the US Open on Wednesday.
Lee Dong Keun will take on Misha Zilberman of Israel, who came from rallied from one set down to beat Denmark’s Kim Bruun 13-21, 21-13, 21-15.
Another highlight in the men’s draw came when third seed Brice Leverdez of France defeated Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 21-16, 21-16 to set up a second-round meeting with South Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee.
Malaysia’s Rio Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists and the No. 5 seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying have qualified for the quarter-finals after defeating Kim Jae Hwan/Kim So Yeong of Korea 21-14, 21-15 on Thursday.
Chan/Goh will play against the winner of another second-round match between Chan Kwong Beng/Jenna Gozali of USA or Gregory Mairs/Jenny Moore of England.
In women’s singles, the No. 1 seed Zhang Beiwen of USA advanced comfortably to the second round with a 21-13, 21-14 victory against Germany’s Yvonne Li. Zhang Beiwen will face off against Zhang Yiman of China in the second round on Thursday.