KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng continued to remain in the shadow of his senior Lee Chong Wei after losing to the world No. 1 in the second round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon.
On Thursday, Wei Feng came up short when he went down 12-21, 18-21 to Chong Wei in just 27 minutes.
It was Wei Feng’s third loss to Chong Wei. And, again, he just couldn’t break the solid defence and strong resolve of the more experienced Chong Wei, who dictated the pace from the start.
But there is no time for the 26-year-old Wei Feng to wallow in self pity as he has get back up and get ready for the Myanmar SEA Games next month.
“Chong Wei had answers to all my attacking shots and used his experience to get the better of me in windy conditions inside this stadium. Tactically, I was well beaten,” said Wei Feng.
“Chong Wei is still superior to me. Right now, there is no time to feel disappointed with this defeat. I need to regroup and get back in shape for my first SEA Games challenge.”
While Wei Feng will pack his bag and head back home, Chong Wei will take on French Open champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in Friday’s quarter-finals as he seeks to keep alive his chance of winning a record sixth Super Series title this season.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei, who has won five Super Series titles so far – in South Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan – has beaten Jorgensen seven times and lost just once – in the 2009 China Open.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek believes that Chong Wei has the advantage over the Dane. Rashid, however, expects Jorgensen, who is fighting hard to fill the void left by his predecessor Peter-Gade Christensen, to put up a tough fight.
“Chong Wei was in total control (against Wei Feng) today. He was faster at the net and could take all the shots from Wei Feng. It will not be that easy against the Dane … but Chong Wei has a higher probability of winning,” said Rashid.
If Chong Wei wins, he will face the winner of the match between Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana and Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.
World No. 5 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying made it a double joy for Malaysia when they fought tooth-and-nail to beat Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels 22-20, 22-20 in 45 minutes and check into the mixed doubles quarter-finals.
They will take on England’s Chris Adcock-Gabrille White of England next.
Meanwhile, Russia created a stir in the men’s doubles when their top pair Valdimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov dumped four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China 21-16, 18-21, 22-20 to enter the quarter-finals.