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Except for mixed doubles, Malaysia had representatives in all the other categories at the Taihot China Open Superseries Premier. Still fresh of winning his French Open Superseries title two weeks ago, Lee Chong Wei did not have to work hard in his first round match against Angus Ng Kah Long of Hong Kong today. Bearing any upsets, the former world number one is expected to progress to the semi-finals without facing any struggles. His only battle will begin when he meets his longtime nemesis, Lin Dan in the last four.

Tee Jing Yee defeated Chen Hsiao Huan of Chinese Taipei to set up a meeting against top seed and world No. 1, Saina Nehwal of India. Jing Yee has never beaten the Indian, however, in both her previous matches, she did put up a good fight and an upset by the Malaysian will make wonders especially in her world rankings.

The womens’ doubles saw Amelia Alicia Anscelly/ Soong Fie Cho having no troubles disposing their opponents from Egypt and awaiting them in the second round are Korean pair, Jung Kyung Eun/ Shin Seung Chan. V Shem/ We Kiong were also through to the second round and they face fourth seeds, Matthias Boe/ Cartsen Morgensen of Denmark. The Malaysian almost prevailed against them last month when they lost in a very close match and the last game ended with 20/22. Therefore, this is the best chance for the 2014 Commonwealth champions to avenge their defeat against the Danish pair.

As for Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei and Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying, it was the end of the road as they were beaten in the first round today.