Lee battles into round III
World number one Lee Chong Wei was forced to fight for his place in the world championships Wednesday in a thrilling battle with an unseeded opponent.other Updated: Aug 08, 2013 00:49 IST
World number one Lee Chong Wei was forced to fight for his place in the world championships on Wednesday in a thrilling battle with an unseeded opponent.
The crowd were left stunned as they watched the Malaysian lose the first game 14-21 to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, ranked 26th.
Rumbaka has met Lee five times and never beaten him, but he showed no sign of nerves, repeatedly forcing him to the net with drop shots which took the pace out of the Malaysian's game.
Lee looked increasingly rattled and murmurs of disbelief rippled around the Tianhe gymnasium, as he went behind in the second game.
The pair traded smashes and body shots, but Lee recovered to take the second game 21-18 before winning the third 21-11.
Number two seed Chen Long of China was also given a run for his money by Japanese veteran Sho Sasaki, winning 21-15, 21-12. Former world No. 1 Lin Dan of China beat Eric Pang of the Netherlands 21-14, 21-17.