Lee Cheuk Yiu - Badminton NZ

Defending champion eases into second round

Defending men’s singles champion Lee Chiuk Yiu (HKG) is safely through to the second round of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open, defeating Milan Ludik (CZE), 21-10, 21-18.

While the 21-year-old was pleased with his performance, Lee knows he must continue to improve this week if he is to be any chance of repeating last year’s success in a much tougher men’s singles field that sees him outside the seedings.

“Today was good, here it is my lucky place being the champion last year, but this year will be harder with Lin Dan such a high-level player being here, I will have to fight hard this year and remember the good memories from last year.

“I need to relax now and get my mind and body ready for the next match, it might be against an Indian player and I will need to be ready.”