The 30-year-old Chong Wei, seeking his fourth title of the year – after the Korean, Malaysian and India Opens – won 20-22, 21-4, 22-20 yesterday.
There was also some good news for the troubled world No. 3 pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong when they defeated Indonesia’s Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki-Hendra Gunawan 21-15, 21-11 in the first round.
Their reward is a second round date with another Indonesian pair – Alvent Yulianto-Markis Kido.
The wretched form of world No. 7 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong continued as they lost to the scratch Indonesian pair of Andrei Adistia-Gideon Markus Fernaldi despite taking the first game.
Thien How-Wee Kiong, who have yet to get past the quarter-final stage of a tournament this year, went down 21-10, 18-21, 15-21.
The day, however, belonged to Chong Wei.
“Zhengming played his best game and put me under a lot of pressure early on,” said Chong Wei.
“I had to work really hard to stay focused and control the match.”
National singles coach Tey Seu Bock admitted that Chong Wei was “sluggish initially but improved as the match wore on”.
“Zhengming is a top player and a very tough first round opponent. So, it’s normal to see Chong Wei slow off the block,” said Seu Bock.
“Once he got used to the draught and the court, he picked up his game ... that’s what matters.”
Meanwhile, it was also a day of upsets with world No. 2 Chen Long being sent packing by home favourite Tommy Sugiarto 21-11, 21-18. Tommy will take on Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki next.
Fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan, sixth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and seventh seed Jan O Jorgensen also bit the dust in the first round.
The biggest upset in men’s doubles was the loss of world No. 2 and reigning Olympic silver medallists Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen in the men’s doubles.
The Danish pair were well and truly beaten 17-21, 23-25 by Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov.