Badminton: Lee Chong Wei strolls through to OUE S'pore Open quarter-finals
Published on Apr 10, 2014 7:47 PM
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei handed out a lesson on how to hold court on Thursday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, defeating China's Chen Yuekun 21-11, 21-6 in just 30 minutes to book a place in the OUE Singapore Open quarter-finals.
The Malaysian will play Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk on Friday. A final between Lee and China's Du Pengyu remains on the cards after Du, the top seed left after Lee, beat India's H. S. Prannoy 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.
Despite a slow start off the blocks, Lee remained untroubled once he found his rhythm in the match. He said: "The draught in the stadium is very strong, so I took some time to find my rhythm."
In the women's singles, Li Xuerui was given a scare when she was just two points away from a straight-games loss to Japan's Minatsu Mitani. The world No. 1 and Olympic champion eventually held on to win 17-21, 21-19, 21-12.
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