Chong Wei battles back to beat Wei

Lee Chong Wei

Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei is through to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open after beating local favourite Wei Nan.

Wei, 33, was a game up against the Malaysian, but found himself on the receiving end of a spirited fightback at the Hong Kong Coliseum, with Chong Wei ultimately recovering to secure a 21-23, 21-11, 21-12 victory.

Chong Wei is seeded only eighth for this week’s Superseries event in Kowloon following a series of disappointing results.

He will face a tough opponent in second seed Son Wan Ho in Friday’s quarter-finals.

The other top seeds all advanced safely, including distinguished Chinese duo Lin Dan and Chen Long.

Lin Dan

Lin ended the hopes of another local favourite, Angus Ng Ka Long, though he only narrowly prevailed 17-21, 21-18, 22-20 victory after a very tight battle.

Chen, meanwhile, battled past Tzu Wei Wang 21-23, 21-10, 21-19.

There was one major upset in the women’s draw, after fourth seed Carolina Marin was forced to retire in the third game of her match against Canadian Michelle Li.

Li was leading 19-21, 21-13, 11-8 at the time.

The remaining seeds all booked their places in the last eight, including top seed Tai Tzu Ying, PV Sindhu and Sung Ji Hyun.