World Badminton Championships 2017: Brice Leverdez stuns Lee Chong Wei in thriller, enters 2nd round

France's Brice Leverdez pulled off the first shock of the badminton World Championships by defeating men's second seed Lee Chong Wei in three games in Glasgow on Tuesday.

AFP August 22, 2017 20:37:45 IST
World Badminton Championships 2017: Brice Leverdez stuns Lee Chong Wei in thriller, enters 2nd round

Glasgow: France's Brice Leverdez pulled off the first shock of the badminton World Championships by defeating men's second seed Lee Chong Wei in three games in Glasgow on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old claimed the scalp of his career 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 in 75 minutes and perhaps end Lee's elusive search for the world title which has seen him take three silver medals just as he has done in the Olympics.

World Badminton Championships 2017 Brice Leverdez stuns Lee Chong Wei in thriller enters 2nd round

France's Brice Leverdez celebrates his victory over Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei. Reuters

"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 wouldn’t give in.

"I knew I was in trouble, but I never gave up," said Leverdez.

For Lee it was 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.

"I'm very disappointed."

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