PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stepped into the Hong Kong Open quarter-finals in confident fashion yesterday but it was a blow for Malaysia as all three men’s pairs, including top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, bowed out in second-round matches.
Chong Wei, who is the most successful shuttler on the Super Series circuit this year, outplayed Chinese youngster Wang Zhengming, winning 21-17, 21-11 in 34 minutes.
Chong Wei has cleared the first of many Chinese hurdles in his path and coach Rashid Sidek is hoping that the defending champion will pull through too today against Chen Jin.
The fifth seeded Chinese is the reigning world champion but he has lost to Chong Wei in three meetings this year.
Chong Wei defeated Chen Jin en route to winning the Malaysian and Korean Open titles. He also defeated the Chinese in the Guangzhou Asiad last month to become the first Malaysian to reach the men’s singles final in more than 30 years.