World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei provided another smashing performance in his 21-11, 21-6 win over China’s Chen Yuekun in the second round of the Singapore Open at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.
Standing in the Malaysian’s way for a place in the semi-finals of the US$300,000 tournament is Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, who defeated Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki 21-14, 18-21, 21-14.
There was more delight in the Malaysian camp when fourth seeds Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong also booked their place in the quarter-finals with a morale boosting 21-17, 21-18 win over Thailand’s Maneepong-Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech.
Another Malaysian pair Chow Pak Chuu-Mak Hee Chun failed to advance to the quarter-finals when they were beaten 17-21, 18-21 by South Koreans Ko Syung Hung-Shin Baek Choel.
Chong Wei was never in any real danger against Yuekun although the Chinese led 4-0 and 7-2 in the first set. Chong Wei took the half-time break in the set at 11-8 and never looked back to win 21-11 in 16 minutes. By the half hour mark, Chong Wei wrapped up the game with a 21-6 win.
It was the end of the road for Malaysia in the women’s doubles when Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo were beaten 19-21, 15-21 by top seeds Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl.