BIRMINGHAM: There was no holding back indeed as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei whipped Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the All-England on Thursday.
Chong Wei, who is bidding for his third All-England crown, had previously warned that he will not hold back against training partner Wei Feng.
And he certainly kept his word with a comprehensive 21-6, 21-12 win to make the quarter-finals.
“I expected it to be really tough against Chong Wei and I prepared myself for it … but I didn’t expect it to turn out so bad,” said Wei Feng.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei will now meet exciting Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the last eight.
Momota was on the mark as he snuffed the home challenge of Rajiv Ouseph, winning 21-15, 21-10.
Denmark’s world No. 21 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, meanwhile, turned the tables on world No. 6 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, winning 18-21, 21-12, 21-19.
South Korean qualifier Lee Dong-keun continued his fantastic form as he defeated a weary-looking Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-19, 21-16 to make the quarter-finals of the All-England for the first time.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s doubles came to an end after Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei failed to get the better of Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi for the second time in two weeks.
Vivian-Khe Wei who also lost to the world No. 3 at the German Open last week, were beaten 15-21, 11-21.
There were more upsets, however, with Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen suffering the agony of losing in both the women’s and mixed doubles events.
Pedersen with partner Kamilla Rytter Juhl first lost out 21-17, 9-21, 8-21 in the women’s doubles to China’s Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting. She found herself on the losing end once more with Joachim Fischer Nielsen, going down 17-21, 22-24 to team-mates Mads Pieler Kolding-Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed doubles.
China’s fourth-seeded women doubles pairing of Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua also found themselves on the losing end, going down in three games to Japan’s Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda.
The unseeded Japanese pair denied Yixin-Jinhua a shot at winning their eighth straight title with the 21-16, 21-23, 21-17 win in a match that lasted 101 minutes.