Copenhagen: There wasn’t much drama for Malaysian shuttlers at the opening day of the World Championships in Copenhagen.
World number one Lee Chong Wei began his quest for the World Championships title with a dominant performance in the first round. It was his first tournament in two months, after losing to Kenichi Tago of Japan 16-21, 21-15, 16-21 at the semi-final of Indonesia Open last June.
Chong Wei looked confident, sharp and much more aggressive in his opening match by disposing 24 year-old Lee Dong Keun of Korea 21-11, 21-12 in 45 minutes.
“I tried to stay aggressive today, I was happy with the win, but my injury still bothering me during the game,” said Chong Wei.
Chong Wei is set to play world number 43, Dieter Domke of Germany in the next round. Dieter created one of the biggest upset of the day by defeating reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap of India 26-24 13-21 21-18 in 68 minutes.
Another big upset of the day belonged to Kento Momota. The 20-year-old Japanese player, who played a critical role in Japan’s stunning capture of the Thomas Cup in New Delhi in May, became the first seeded player to be beaten. He lost to Wei Nan of Hong Kong, a player he had defeated in Delhi 18-21, 21-18, 21-12.
In women’s doubles, Malaysian’s Commonwealth Games champion Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo showed no mercy against Sarka Krizkova-Katerina Tomalova of Russia in the opener. They eased past the Russian pair 21-11, 21-12 in 27 minutes.
After four-month of separation, Tan Aik Quan and Lai Pei Jing are more mature, they simply played better, stronger badminton by crushing Hong Kong’s Chan Yun Lung-Tse Ying Suet 21-14, 21-17 in 34 minutes. They will take on Commonwealth Games champions Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock of England in the second round.
“Peng Soon and I’ve suffered a heart broken lost to the husband and wife pair two weeks ago in Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This time, Aik Quan and I will spend time understanding their game and will try to turn the table on the England pair,” said Pei Jing.
Malaysia’s top women’s singles Tee Jing Yi knocked off Michelle Chan Ky of New Zealand 21-14 21-19, while Sannatasah Saniru went down to Sarah Walker of England 18-21, 21-19, 12-21 in 56 minutes.