INTERESTING START FOR CHONG WEI

Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who has put his first round defeat in last week's All-England behind him, faces an intriguing start in the Malaysia Open Superseries Premier next month.

 

In the draw released on Tuesday, Malaysia's top shuttler, who is seeded second, faces an opening first round match against Hong Kong's Wei Nan.

 

The head-to-head count between the two players stand at 1-1 with Chong Wei winning 21-17, 21-15 in the Singapore Open in April 2014. However, Wei Nan stunned the Malaysian at last year's Denmark Open in October with a 21-18, 21-19 win.

 

By skipping the Swiss Open and returning home early to prepare, Chong Wei is expected to be back at his best and dispose of the Taiwanese. 

 

A win for Chong Wei will see him facing South Korean veteran Son Wan-ho in the second round. Wan-ho will face a qualifier in the first round.

 

World No 1 Chen Long is the top seed and faces an improved Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the first round but the Chinese ace is expected to advance to the second round and play the winner of the match between Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto and Hong Kong's Vincent Wong Wing Ki.

 

Japan's Kento Momota is the third seed and he opens his campaign against India's H.S. Prannoy in the top half. A win for Momota will pitch him against either All-England runner-up and eighth seed Tian Houwei or Denmark's Hans Kristian Vittinghus.

 

China's Lin Dan, who won his sixth All-England title is the fifth seed and has an easy draw that pits him against a qualifier in the first round in the bottom half of the draw.

 

Others in the same half of the draw with Chong Wei are fifth seed Jan O Jorgensen, Viktor Axelsen (6th seed), India's  K. Srikanth and P. Kashyap.

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