KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 22, 2017: Datuk Lee Chong Wei today again failed in his attempt to be world champion when he lost to unknown Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the first round of the World Championships in Glasgow.
The current world number two lost 19-21, 24-22, 17-21 to the same player who beat him in the Denmark Open last year.
However Zulfadli Zulkifli beat Artem Pochtarov from Ukraine 8-21, 21-13, 21-13 in the first round match while mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing, who received a bye in the first round, beat Ronan Labar/Audrey Fontaine from France 21-18, 21-10 in straight sets.
The duo will meet Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping from China who had beaten B. Sumeeth Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa from India 21-17, 18-21, 21-5.
Zulfadli will face Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk from Thailand next while Rio Olympics silver medallists Goh V. Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, who received a bye in the first round, face Chung Eui Seok/Kim Dukyoung from South Korea tomorrow. — Bernama