COPENHAGEN: It was another strong showing by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei at the World Championships.
On Wednesday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei stream-rolled past Dieter Domke of Germany 21-12, 21-9 to set-up a meeting with Scott Evans of Ireland in the third round.
Once again, Chong Wei adopted an aggressive approach from the start and often slammed down winners at every opportunity handed to him.
With his swift movements and his ability to wear down his opponent on the court, it is easy to forget that this Malaysia had taken two months break to recover from an inner thigh injury.
The Malaysian, determined to win the first world title in his eighth attempt, said he was getting better in every match.
“It is another good round for me,” said Chong Wei, who suffered the injury during his semi-final match against Kenichi Tago at the Indonesian Open in June.
“Dieter may be ranked lower than me but he is not an easy opponent to play with. I stayed focus throughout the match,” said Chong Wei.
“There were times when I remained hesitant because of fear of aggravating my injury but I am gaining more confidence.”
On his next opponent, Chong Wei said: “He is also ranked lower than me but like I said before, I will treat him like any other opponent.”
It was also a good day for hosts Denmark and China in the men’s singles.
Denmark will have Jan O Jorgensen and Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the third round while China’s Chen Long and Wang Zhengming also cleared their second round matches.
Jorgensen will take on Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan; Vittinghus meets Shon Wan-ho of South Korea; Zhengming squares of with Wei Nan of Hong Kong; and Chen Long will meet K. Srikanth of India.
Malaysia’s challenge however, ended in the women’s singles with the defeat of Tee Jing Yi.
Jing Yi gave a good account of herself before going down 18-21, 21-16, 10-21 to 10th seed Carolina Marin of Spain.
It was all over for Malaysia in the women’s doubles when all four pairs – Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Lee Meng Yen-Lim Yin Loo crashed out in the second round.