PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Cheam June Wei's debut in the World Championships has ended in the first round of men's singles event.
World No 73 June Wei went down 17-21, 8-21 to Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in a 46-minute match in Huelva on Sunday.
June Wei had beaten the world No. 17 Nishimoto in their previous meeting when he was on a roll during the Thomas Cup qualifier in Manila in 2020 but this time, he ran out of gas after a good start.
It was also all over for S. Kisona when she was sent packing by Neslihan Yigit of Turkey in just 37 minutes in the women's singles opening day action.