(Olympics) Chong Wei cruises past Suriname’s Opti for first win in Rio

Datuk Lee Chong Wei began his bid for Olympic gold with an easy 21-2, 21-3 win over Suriname's Surin Opti at Pavilion 4, Riocentro on Thursday. The World No 1 took only 19 minutes as Opti was given a badminton lesson by a player desperate for Olympic gold. "It was a good start but I didn't put much into the win as it was against an opponent who didn't really test me. However, I was focused as I wanted a fast start to my campaign," said Chong Wei, 34. Having been beaten in the last two Olympic finals by China's Lin Dan, Chong Wei said his immediate focus is to get into the knockout stage of the tournament. "I have put four years of preparation into this and I want to make sure that I do my best." Chong Wei next plays Singapore's Derek Wong in Group A on Sunday. Two-time champion Lin Dan was all business against Austria's David Obernosterer as he won his Group E clash 21-5, 21-11 in 34 minutes. It was a strong start from the China ace but Lin Dan said he didn't feel as if he was in the zone yet. "This is the Olympics and anything can happen. I have to be at my best in every match," said the China ace, who like Chong Wei, is playing in his fourth Olympics. Lin Dan next faces Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in Group E on Sunday. Chong Wei and Lin Dan are drawn to meet in the semi-finals in Rio.

Source: New Straits Times