ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was less than pleased with the scheduling of the matches in the second round of the Denmark Open.
Chong Wei was scheduled to start his match against local lad Viktor Axelsen at 9pm (Danish time), but because of the long proceedings from the earlier matches, only started his match more than an hour later.
He was also required to do a random dope test after the match which irked him because of the inconvenience of timing.
But Chong Wei did his talking on court as he gave the 19-year-old Axelsen, who stays just a few blocks from the tournament venue, a lesson in badminton with a 21-11, 21-17 win.
“I’m not too happy with the time the matches have been arranged to be honest,” said Chong Wei.
“It’s really too late. I was waiting for my match for more than an hour.
“Now when I’ve finished the match and it’s almost 11pm, I am still required to do a dope test at this hour and it’s really taxing on us players.
“It’s really tough but I guess that’s how a player’s life is and we just have to tough it out.”
Chong Wei however was pleased with his performance against Axelsen, who recovered from a poor first game to offer a proper challenge in the second.
“I started off very well against Viktor but in the second game I lost a bit of focus … probably because I waited so long for the match to start,”
“The last time I faced him was nearly seven to eight months ago in the Malaysian Open, and he has shown a lot of improvement since.
“I am looking forward to the quarter-finals, against (Jan O) Jorgensen … another Danish opponent and again I’m probably in the last match as well but I’ll be better prepared this time,” added Chong Wei.
Fifth seed Jorgensen gave the boisterous home crowd much cheer earlier with a superb performance in beating India’s P. Kashyap 21-11, 21-15.
Experienced Indonesian shuttler Sony Dwi Kuncoro meanwhile provided the upset of the day with a splendid 21-16, 21-18 win over fourth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan.
Second seed Chen Long also nearly made an early exit after trailing by a game and was 16-20 down in the second to England’s Rajiv Ouseph.
The world No. 2 however bounced back superbly to force a deciding rubber before winning 19-21, 22-20, 21-16.