GEORGE TOWN – Former World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei took just 28 minutes to dispose his opponent from Thailand Kantawat Leelavechabutr 21-6, 21-15 in the second round of the Malaysian Masters Grand Prix Gold at the SPICE Arena, here yesterday.
Chong Wei will meet Derek Wong Zi Liang from Singapore in the third round to seek a place in the quarterfinals.
“Though my first two matches have been plain sailing, I hope to face stiff resistance tomorrow. Nevertheless, I will do my best,” he told reporters after his match Wednesday.
Chong Wei, currently ranked number five in the world is expected to meet fellow countryman Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the quarterfinals and Soo Teck Zhi in the semifinals.
Malaysia’s fortunes in the women’s category was in direct contrast with the men when all but one doubles pair survived to save the blushes when Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei beat Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara 21-13, 21-18 in the second round.
Meanwhile, the country’s top men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong upset sixth seeds in the tournament, Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan from China after emerging with a 22-20, 21-16 win to book a place in the third round and meet Taiwan’s Liao Min Chun/Tseng Min Hao.
Former All England champions Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong also moved into the next stage to set up a date with another pair from Taiwan, Lee Hhe-Huei/Lee Yang who beat Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen from China 21-17, 21-14.
Kien Keat/Boon Heong had to go the distance to overcome Japan’s Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi 19-21, 21-8, 21-19.