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Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He went out in the second round of the Denmark Open, losing to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15, 17-21, 17-21.
ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 18 Chong Wei Feng went from ecstasy to agony within 24 hours after crashing out in the second round of the Denmark Open on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the diminutive Wei Feng produced an excellent performance to beat sixth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 19-21, 21-18, 21-7.
But his joy of beating a higher ranked player was shortlived as he came unstuck against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the second round.
Despite winning the first game, the 26-year-old Kedahan was unable to press on as he fell 21-15, 17-21, 17-21.
It was his inability to adapt to the tactical change made by Tanongsak that cost him a chance to make the quarter-finals.
So now it will be the young Thai who will go on to face either Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia or fourth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan in the last eight.
“I definitely should have won the second game,” said a dejected Wei Feng.
“On Wednesday, I got my strategy right against Tien Minh ... this time I lost to Tanongsak purely on tactical grounds.
“He made some changes to his game and I was unable to adapt in time.
“It is disappointing to lose because I could have gone through ... but I’d prefer to look at the positives that I have gained from this tournament.”
Wei Feng’s defeat means that world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, as always, is the last Malaysian singles shuttler left standing in the Danish meet.
The defending champion breezed past South Korea’s Lee Dong-keun 21-11, 21-8 in the first round.
“That was the first time I’ve played against Dong-keun and I just wanted to get a feel of the arena,” said Chong Wei.
In other second round matches, third seed Du Pengyu of China booked his last eight spot by beating Holland’s Eric Pang 21-17, 21-11.
He will be joined by compatriot Chen Yuekun, who stunned seventh seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 22-20, 21-11.
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