After an easy first game, mistakes littered Chong Wei's play in the second and only a purple patch, which saw him scoring 10 points in a row in the decider, pulled the Malaysian through 21-8, 14-21, 21-11.
"It was my first competitive match in almost three months and I felt both jittery and rusty," said Chong Wei, who was making a competitive comeback after injuring his ankle in the Thomas Cup Finals in May.
|Lee Chong Wei struggled against Ville lang of Finland in his opening London Olympics match.|
"I wanted to win the match in two games and that led to me making too many mistakes at the net as well as numerous half court shots. Lang is a good player and he took advantage of the fact that I had not played competitively in a while. However, I was always confident that I would win," added Chong Wei.
Bitter rival Lin Dan opened his campaign with an emphatic 21-8, 21-14 win over Scott Evans of Ireland but Chong Wei said he wasn't thinking about the final just yet.
"As I said, this is my first match and now, I want to focus on the next game (most probably against Simon Santoso on Indonesia). All I can do now is try my best and hopefully, get better as the tournament progresses."
Meanwhile, Tee Jing Yi beat Italian Agnese Allegrini 21-17, 21-14 in their women's singles Group B match. The Malaysian's Olympic hopes, however, are hanging by a thread as Korean Bae Yeon Ju will advance to the elimination rounds if she beats Agnese in the final group match on Tuesday.
Vijesh Rai - NST