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Category: Badminton News Published: 16 August 2007
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An unusual day for the world badminton championships as Malaysia's golden hopeful Lee Chong Wei and world number two women's singles player Xie Xingfang were both shown the exit on Thursday.

Second seed Lee Chong Wei lost to Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia 21-11, 21-9.
Lee's exit made Malaysia's 30-year wait for world champs title almost in vain.

"My coach has put a lot of pressure on me. I tried to release my tension but failed," said Lee. "After Taufik was eliminated, I do not want to be the second Taufik."

"However, Sony played very well. Even I tried to change my tactics, I could not make it. I converted so many errors like smashing long. I never expected him to be so tough," he said.

Lee felt pitiful, said sorry to home fans, but vowed to stage a comeback.

Now Malaysians' hope might merely be placed on Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, who play against Michal Logosz/Robert Mateusiak of Poland in the third round of men's doubles.

However, Wong Mew Choo brought home fans a surprise as she beat Xie Xingfang, second seed and two-time defending champion of China, in a 28-minute match in women's singles.

Xie converted quite a few unforced errors and won 18 rallies against Wong Mew Choo's 42, losing at 21-10, 21-8.

China's head coach Li Yongbo regarded Xie's exit a big regret, saying that they had expected the match to be a tough one as Wong had good footwork but had never expected a loss.

"We still had poor preparations," said Li. "Xie's loss shows she is down in overall strength."

Another reason, as Li mentioned, was the 21-point system, which made players have to focus more on the match.

"No lapse is allowed," he added.

In earlier matches, big names like China's Chen Jin, world number four, bowed to Ronald Susilo of Singapore and Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat lost to Indian Anup Sridhar on Wednesday.

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