BWF World Championships: Brice Leverdez stuns second seed Lee Chong Wei in three-game marathon

23 August 2017, 11:54 AM
BWF World Championships: Brice Leverdez
BWF World Championships: Brice Leverdez

France's Brice Leverdez stunned second seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in an epic three game encounter in the opening round of the men's singles at Glasgow on Tuesday. The 31-year-old secured his biggest win of his career registering a 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 win over his much fancied Malaysian counterpart in 75 minutes.

Lee still continues to be eluded of a major world title as he has three silver medals o his kitty just as he has done in the Olympics. "I'm really happy," he said. "I managed to stay relaxed and played my own game."

Leverdez had two match points in the second game -- 20-21 and 21-22 -- and it was only a successful hawk eye challenge on the second match point that saved Lee from a straight games exit.

In the decider, the 34-year-old Malaysian led 15-10 but the Frenchman made a strong comeback to clinch the match. "I knew I was in trouble, but I never gave up,"  said Leverdez.  For Lee it as another chance gone.

"I tried my best and he got lucky on a few points," said Lee, whose fourth win in the All-England Open this year suggested he was still capable of ending his world title drought.

First Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:49 AM
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