Lee Chong Wei battles to third round of badminton world championships

Lee, 30, is gunning for Malaysia's first ever world title, off the back of wins this year in South Korea, Indonesia, India and Malaysia with fans hoping for another classic final between him and Chinese superstar Lin Dan.

updated: August 07, 2013 16:27 IST
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Guangzhou: World number one Lee Chong Wei was forced to fight for his place in the world championships Wednesday in a thrilling battle with an unseeded opponent.

The crowd in Guangzhou were left stunned as they watched the Malaysian star lose the first game 14-21 to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, who is ranked 26th in the world.

Rumbaka has met Lee five times and never beaten him, but he showed no sign of nerves, repeatedly forcing him to the net with drop shots which took the pace out of the Malaysian's game.

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