KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) — Malaysia's top singles Lee Chong Wei became the country's sole survivor at the Japan Open badminton championships after all his compatriots crashed out in the second round today.
The tournament's fourth seed survived an early scare when he came from behind to beat world No. 14 Ronald Susilo of Singapore at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo.
According to the International Badminton Federation (IBF)'s website, Chong Wei displayed an outstanding performance to down the Indonesian-born Singapore shuttler 19-21, 21-8, 21-10 in a nerve-wrecking match.
The Indonesia Open champion is expected to meet world No. 2 and second seed Chen Jin of China in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
However, it was the end for Roslin Hashim who fell to world champion and top seed Lin Dan of China 21-11, 18-21, 21-11 despite a spirited fight-back.
Roslin managed to force a third set before tumbling in the game which lasted nearly an hour.
Also in action today was world No. 20 Yeoh Kay Bin but he failed to advance to the quarter-finals after losing to 2004 Athens Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 11-21, 16-21.
In women's singles, world top shuttler and second seed Xie Xingfang of China managed to avenge her defeat at last month's World championships after smashing her way to victory over Mew Choo 21-9, 21-15.
In men's doubles, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, the world No. 2 pair and All-England champions, lost to world No. 13 pair Luluk Hardiyanto/Yulianto Chandra Alvent of Indonesia 19-21, 19-21.
World number No. 6 pair Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah also failed to advance when they lost to Hendri Kurniawan Saputra/Hendra Wijaya of Singapore 18-21, 16-21.