* Independent doubles pair Thien How-Khim Wah shown the exit in round one
The US Open may not be the richest badminton tournament – offering only USD120,000 in prize money – but it is one tournament Datuk Lee Chong Wei wants to win badly to kick-start his Olympics campaign to garner points for next year’s Rio Olympics.
The former world No 1’s rankings have plunged to 79 and the US Open is the beginning of a long and winding road for the Malaysian who was left in the wild after a doping scandal which left him “idle” for eight months.
And Chong Wei marched into the third round in the US Open at the Sports & Education Center In Brentford, New York on Wednesday with an impressive 21-13, 21-11 over Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg in 33 minutes – a day when Malaysian independent doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah suffered a shock first round defeat.
The Malaysians fell to a 19-21, 15-21 defeat against the French pair of Baptiste Careme-Ronan Labar in only 32 minutes. Thien How-Khim Wah were expected to go far in the US Open.
Chong Wei, who is chasing ranking points as well as Olympics points, will next face China’s Kai Guo who tamed Thailand’s Thammasin Sitthikom 21-17, 21-17 in a 42 minute encounter.
Results (Malaysians only)
Lee Chong Wei (Mas) beat Rasmus Fladberg (Den) 21-13, 21-11
Baptiste Careme-Rohan Labar (Fra) beat Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah (Mas) 21-19, 21-15