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Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. The world No. 18 beat sixth seed Nguyen Tien Minh 19-21, 21-18, 21-7 in the first round of the Denmark Open.
ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 18 Chong Wei Feng delivered the biggest cheer for the Malaysian camp when he seized the opportunity to stun sixth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the Denmark Open on Wednesday.
Wei Feng played an exceptional game with good defence and crafty net play and also showed great determination to carve out a 19-21, 21-18, 21-7 win.
The Kedahan had a 19-18 lead in the first game but an error in judgment allowed Tien Minh to steal the game.
Wei Feng however rallied in the second game and made the turning point from 12-14 down before pushing on to force a deciding rubber.
It was all Wei Feng from there and Tien Minh looked a spent force.
The result was the biggest upset of the day and it was a massive boost for Wei Feng, considering that Tien Minh also made the World Championships semi-finals back in August.
“This definitely ranks among one of my best wins,” said Wei Feng with a big smile.
“In the first game, I had the lead but used a wrong flick serve which he returned with a smash. That turned the game for him.
“At 14-12 in the second, I knew I needed to push harder and add something special to the game.
“I also got pretty lucky with a couple of calls but in the end I think I was just better prepared, mentally … because I would have lost if I tried to play a physical game with him.
“I’m definitely happy with this win because Tien Minh has been very consistent all year.
“My target was to make the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open and there’s a very good chance now. I’m definitely motivated to do my best in the next match.”
The reward for Wei Feng’s excellent showing is a second round clash with Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk. The young Thai ended the interest of home shuttler Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 17-21, 21-16, 21-18.
Wei Feng’s performance also earned the praise of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
“It’s really a good result for him and it’s quite a breakthrough. Hopefully he’ll seize this opportunity,” said Chong Wei.
The defending champion meanwhile had no trouble in his first round match, beating South Korean youngster Lee Dong-keun 21-11, 21-8.
“I wanted to get a feel of the venue in the first match and thus made a few mistakes early, as I’ve never faced Dong-keun before,” said Chong Wei.
“But after that I started to focus a little more and I didn’t want to give him too many points.
“I’ll be taking on Viktor (Axelsen) next and it’s important not to underestimate him especially since he has strong home support,” added Chong Wei.
The 2010 world junior champion Axelsen powered into the second round with a 21-13, 22-20 win over Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.
Danish fifth seed Jan O Jorgensen also made it through with a gritty performance in beating Japan’s Takuma Ueda 21-19, 18-21, 21-13.
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