PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made the perfect rebound after cruising through his first round match in the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.
Chong Wei, who turned 31 on Monday, had suffered an untimely defeat to world No. 2 Chen Long in the Denmark Open final on Sunday.
But he did not let that affect him one bit as he outclassed India’s P. Kashyap 22-20, 21-12 in 37 minutes.
Chong Wei, who skipped the French meet last year, will face another Indian, Ajay Jayaram, in the second round on Thursday.
It was however a disappointing finish for defending champion Liew Daren who bowed out in the first round.
The 26-year-old Daren, who retired after only eight minutes in his first round Danish Open match against Kashyap due to a swollen foot, failed to take advantage of a one-game lead against sixth-seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.