Malaysia will have four representatives in the second round of the Yonex French Open. National no. 1, Lee Chong Wei, Tee Jing Yee and Goh V Shem/ Tan Wee Kiong have all advanced and joining them will be former nationals, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong.
Chong Wei will be up against budding youngster from Denmark, Viktor Axelsen who has been performing exceptionally well this year reaching three superseries finals. Axelsen who recently lost in the finals to two time Olympic champion, Lin Dan in the Yonex Japan Open displayed one of his best performance giving the latter a run for his money. Although the youngster lost, he did not give in easily losing the match 21/19, 16/21, 21/19 in one of the longest finals which lasted for an hour an eighteen minutes.
However, Chong Wei has an advantage being the more experienced player and the former world number one has never lost to the youngster, not even dropping a set before. The last time they played against each other was during the semi-finals of the 2014 Li Ning BWF World Championships. No doubts, today’s match will be an exciting one, nevertheless, hopes are on Chong Wei to continue his dominance against the Dane.
Top mens’ doubles pair, V Shem/ Wee Kiong were also incredible when they avenged their defeat to world number six, Chai Biao/ Hong Wei yesterday in two games. The Malaysians lost to the pair in this year’s Maybank Malaysia Open Superseries Premier back in March. In the second round today, the Asian Games bronze medalist will face Koreans, Kim Gi Jung/ Kim Sa Rang whom they have a 2-0 head to head record.
As for Tee Jing Yee, she received a walkover by 7th seed, Sung Ji Hyun after the Korean suffered a leg injury while playing in her first game. Jing Yee will next meet Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia for a place in the quarter-finals. The others who failed to clear the first round were Chong Wei Feng, womens’ doubles pair of Amelia Alicia Abscelly/ Soong Fei Cho, Vivian/ Khe Wei who almost defeated Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/ Kamilla Rytter Juhl and two mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying and Wong Fai Yin/ Chow Mei Kuan.