PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is right back at it after cruising into the second round of the Asia Badminton Championships (ABC).
The 35-year-old showed no signs of fatigue despite a hard-fought performance in beating India’s K. Srikanth for the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast just 10 days ago.
The three-time Olympic silver medallist was, in fact, in imperious form as he thumped homester Qiao Bin 21-17, 21-16 in the first round at the Wuhan Sports Centre yesterday.
The world No. 7 , gunning for his third Asian title, takes on Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting next.
World No. 12 Anthony overcame a slow start before getting past Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne 22-20, 21-12 in the first round.
Meanwhile, there were mixed fortunes for mixed doubles pairs Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.
World No. 7 Soon Huat-Shevon put a poor Gold Coast campaign behind them as they thrashed world No. 34 Lee Yang-Hsu Ya-ching of Taiwan 21-19, 21-6.
The sixth seeds go on to meet Indonesians Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Debby Susanto, who scraped past Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias-Thilini Hendahewa 21-14, 17-21, 21-10 in the second round.
There was, however, dismay for world No. 11 Kian Meng-Pei Jing as they fell to their third straight first-round defeat.
The seventh seeds’ inconsistency flared up again as they blew a one-game lead to lose 21-18, 12-21, 16-21 to China’s He Jiting-Du Yue.
In the men’s doubles, both Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani gave a good account of themselves but it was not enough as they fell by the wayside.
In the women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei and Lee Ying Ying too have a long way to go in closing out matches after losing gruelling rubber matches against Thai opponents.
Jin Wei went down 21-18, 15-21, 10-21 to world No. 24 Busanan Ongbamrungphan while Ying Ying came short of a major upset as she lost 21-12, 17-21, 17-21 to world No. 10 Nitchaon Jindapol.
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