Chong Wei Feng lost to England's Rajiv Ouseph in the first round of the badminton world championships in Denmark on Wednesday. - Filepic
COPENHAGEN: It was the end of the road for men singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng in the World Championships at Bellarup Super Arena.
On Tuesday, Wei Feng went down to England’s Rajiv Ouseph 21-17, 22-24, 16-21 in a 65-minute first round battle.
Just a year ago, Wei Feng had beaten the English player in convincing fashion at the first round of World Championships in Guangzhou.
The 27-year-old Wei Feng, seeded 16th, did well to take the opening game and had held Ouseph by the jugular in the second game at 17-14 but unfortunately for the Malaysian, that’s when the Englishman fought back.
The lanky Ouseph doggedly pushed Wei Feng deep into baseline and punished him with a flurry of smashes.
Wei Feng allowed the pressure to get to him and collapsed at 22-24 in the second game.
It was hoped that Wei Feng would restore order in the deciding third game but he could do nothing to stop a fired up Ouseph from romping home for his first win over the Malaysian.
Wei Feng, who also had lost in the quarter-finals of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, was dejected.
“I was leading in the first two games but I could not finish it off. Ouseph played a few good shots at the end of the second game and I lost focus,” said Wei Feng,
“The first round is always the hardest hurdle and I succumbed to that pressure today. It is disappointing,” added Wei Feng, who will now shift his focus on the Asian Games in Incheon next month.
There was good news from the doubles department on Wednesday, though.
Reigning Malaysian Open champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem marched into the second round with a 21-12, 21-11 win over South Africa’s Andries Malan-Willem Viljoen.
Said Khim Wah: “We have not played together for some time and there were some awkward moments. As the match went along, we managed to complement each other better.”
They have a tough job against Taiwanese sixth seeds Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in the second round.
In the women’s doubles, there was triple joy when all three pairs – Ng Hui Ern-Ng Hui Lin, Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean and Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho cleared their opening round hurdles.