Not ham­pered by knee as World No 1 makes last eight stage in Birm­ing­ham

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER

ARE­CENT knee in­jury did not seem to bother Lee Chong Wei yes­ter­day as he reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the All Eng­land.

Play­ing in his first tour­na­ment since the World Su­per Se­ries Fi­nals last year, Chong Wei, who suf­fered a torn me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment (MCL) last month, notched a com­fort­able 21-18, 2118 win over Tai­wan’s Wang Tzu Wei in the sec­ond round at the Bar­clay­card Arena.

The 35-year-old World No 1 will face the win­ner of a late match yes­ter­day be­tween China’s Tian Houwei and In­dia’s H.S. Pran­noy, in to­day’s last eight.

Chong Wei, a three-time win­ner in Birm­ing­ham, last clinched the ti­tle in 2014.

Mean­while, men’s dou­bles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi learnt a valu­able les­son de­spite crashing out early in the open­ing round on Wed­nes­day.

The na­tional No 2, play­ing in their first All Eng­land, went down fight­ing 21-14, 13-21, 21-18 to Tai­wan’s Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han.

Yew Sin, when con­tacted said: “We were rush­ing through our game and failed to adapt to the con­di­tions on court.

“That al­lowed our op­po­nents to take the first game.

“We could have played it sim­ple but we couldn't bring out our best form.”

Yew Sin added that both he and his part­ner would use the ex­pe­ri­ence to im­prove in fu­ture tour­na­ments.

Just last month, Yew Sin bagged the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships crown in Ulu Kinta, Perak when he part­nered Tan Wee Kiong.

Mean­while, another Malaysian, in­de­pen­dent shut­tler Zul­fadli Zulk­if­fli also fell short in the first round of the men’s sin­gles when he lost 21-11, 21-12 to five-time world cham­pion Lin Dan of China.

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