KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Lee Chong Wei survived a scare to march into the second round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.
The 34-year-old had to dig deep into his reserves to beat Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong 21-15, 16-21, 21-17 in a 59-minute men’s singles first-round match yesterday.
Chong Wei was staring at another first-round exit when Wing Ki showed incredible fighting spirit to draw level at 16-16 in the decider.
But this time the Malaysian stepped up a gear to see off Wing Ki.
Last month, Chong Wei lost to Brice Leverdez of France in the first round of the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. It was Chong Wei’s worst-ever result in 10 world meet outings.
Chong Wei will take on Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia for a place in the quarter-finals today.
Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi kept the Malaysia flag flying when they advanced to the men’s doubles second round with a hard-fought 21-17, 18-21, 21-15 win over Supak Jomkoh-Pakin Kuna-Anuvit of Thailand.
They will take on eighth seeds Lee Jhe-huei-Lee-yang of Taiwan.
There was mixed fortunes for Malaysia in the women’s singles and doubles.
Soniia Cheah defeated Lee Chia-hsin of Taiwan 21-13, 21-18 to set up a date with American Zhang Beiwen.
It was all over for Lee Meng Yean-Chow Mei Kuan when they bowed out with a meek 9-21, 12-21 loss to Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota of Japan in the first round.