Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei has expressed his disappointment after crashing out in the first round of the All-England Open.
Chong Wei was beaten 24-22, 22-20 by India’s B. Sai Praneeth on Wednesday to end his hopes of a fourth All-England title.
The world number two had been in good form heading into the tournament as he won the Malaysia Masters in January. However, he admitted that his eagerness to finish the match as quickly as possible cost him dearly.
“I can’t believe I lost in the first round,” Chong Wei told reporters. “My recent forms have been good as I have won four tournaments in a row.
“I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to win here. I wanted to finish the match fast but ended up making a lot of mistakes. But credit to Praneeth, he played really well. It’s a good lesson for me. My aim is still the Olympics.”
Malaysia men’s singles coach Hendrawan lauded Praneeth for his stellar performance and admitted that Chong Wei was outplayed.
“Praneeth was brilliant today. He has nothing to lose and played extraordinarily,” he said. “The first match of the tournament is always the toughest. Not all players can play to their true abilities right at the start of the competition. And that’s what happened to Chong Wei.”