BIRMINGHAM: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei beat Sony Dwi of Indonesia 21-11, 21-17 on Thursday to become the first player to book a place in the quarterfinals of the men's singles at the All-England Open.

Lee's athletic and carefully crafted victory took him within two wins of another possible meeting in the final with Lin Dan, whose triumph last year helped China capture all five titles for the first time.

Lee said he was confident about the rest of the week.

“I am getting better and better. The second set shows I have improved from yesterday,” he said, referring to his slightly laboured first round win over Chetan Anand of India.

“Yesterday I wasn't so good but today was better and the second set showed that. It's a good to start early in the day and I was happier with the way my intensity and performance today.

Lin Dan cruises

But defending champion Lin Dan of China looked excellent the previous night as he coasted through in straight games against Christian Lind Thomsen, a Danish qualifier.

The results:

Men's singles pre-quarterfinals: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Sony Dwi (Ina) 21-11, 21-17.

Women's singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Yu Hirayama (Jpn) 21-16, 21-16; Zhou Mi (Chn) bt Wang Chen (HK) 21-13, 21-15 . — Agencies

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