Lee cruises at Korea Masters Championships

Hometown third seed Lee Dong Keun reached the men’s singles second round at the Korea Masters Championships in Jeju on Tuesday.

Lee needed just 38 minutes to see off the challenge of countryman Choi Young Woo 21-8, 21-16 in just 38 minutes to set-up a second round meeting with Milan Ludik Czech Republic after Korea Republics Kim In Woo was forced to retire injured while training 0-4 in the first game. 

In some other first round men’s singles action, fourth-seeded Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei battled for  51 minutes to defeat unseeded hometown player Park Wan Ho 22-20, 10-21, 21-16 while the Korea Republic sixth seed Jeon Hyeok Jin beat unseeded countryman Yim Jong Woo 17-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a match lasting one hour and seven minutes.    

Thai eighth seed Pannawit Thongnuam hammered Kim Jong Hwan of Korea Republic 21-7 21-14 in just 20 minutes and Japan's Yu Igarashi needed 55 minutes to down hometown player Lee Sang Min 21-16, 18-21, 21-12.    

In a match lasting 44 minutes, Shih Kuei Chun of Chinese Taipei got past Korea Republics Ko Gyung Bo 11-21, 21-16, 21-14 while Heo Kwang Hee, Kim Dong Hoon of Korea Republic, Yang Chih Hsun of Chinese Taipei and India's Parupalli Kashyap were all awarded walkovers into Wednesday's second round.