Malaysia's Lee upset in first round at All England

Wed Mar 9, 2016 8:54pm EST
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By Rod Gilmour

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Three-time champion Lee Chong Wei was sensationally beaten by India's B Sai Praneeth in the first round of the All-England Championships on Wednesday, putting a firm dent into his preparations ahead of the Rio Olympics .

The Malaysian second seed was beaten 24-22 22-20, which ended a promising few months where he had won his last four events.

"I can't believe I lost in the first round," Lee told reporters. "I had pressure to win but I made mistakes and I'm shocked at how well he played.

"This is a real learning curve for me."

Lee, the former world number one, was playing his first All-England since 2014 following his eight-month drug suspension ended last year.

Praneeth, however, clawed his way back from 11-3 and 15-7 deficits in the first game to take control of the match and hailed the win as his best result.

"It is a big shock for me too and after the last rally I cannot believe that I won," said Praneeth, who set up a last 16 clash with Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

"I do not know how I turned it around. I think he was under pressure as it was a close match and that was a big advantage for me. Of course it is my greatest victory of all time."   Continued...

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia returns a shot to Parupalli Kashyap of India during their men's singles badminton match at the Denmark Open in Odense, Denmark October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Claus Fisker/Scanpix Denmark