KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — World number one men’s singles badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the second round of the All-England Badminton Championship after beating India’s Chetan Anand in his first round match at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday.
However, world top men’s doubles Koo Kean Keat/Tan Boon Heong were shown an early exit by Danish pair Lars Paaske/Jonas Rassmussen, the 2003 world champions, 21-13, 21-11 in straight sets after 27 minutes.
Chong Wei, the Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist and the top seed, unseat the Indian, currently ranked world number 15, in a straight games of 21-15, 21-16 in 26 minutes.
He will face Sony Dwi Kuncoro (world number 11) of Indonesia in the second round tomorrow.
The Malaysian however will face a hard time to beat the Indonesian as Sony has defeated him twice, in their last meetings in the 2007 and 2009 world championships.
Other Malaysians who advanced to the next round were men’s doubles Gan Teik Chai/ Tan Bin Shen who defeated Hong Kong pair Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama/ Wong Wai Hong, 21-19, 21-19.
Their next challenge will be Chia Biao/ Zhang Nan from China.
Meanwhile, veteran duo Choong Tan Fook/ Lee Wan Wah beat Chen Hung Ling/ Lin Yu Lang from Taiwan 21-16, 26-24 to move on to the next round.
The world number eight pair will square off with Cho Gun Woo/ Kwon Yi Goo from South Korea tomorrow.
In another men’s singles, seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann was dragged to rubber sets before bowing out to junior Indonesian shuttler Simon Santosa 21-17, 16-21, 12-21 in an hour and two minutes.
In the women’s singles, Malaysia’s top singles Wong Mew Chew was also sent packing after being tamed by world number three from China, Jiang Yanjiao 21-18, 21-19.
World number four women’s doubles Chin Eei Hui/ Wong Pei Tty also failed to justify their ranking when they were beaten by the scratch pair of Meiliana Jauhari/ Greysia Polii from Indonesia, 22-20, 21-15.