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Lee Chong Wei eyes the prize with easy win in Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Badminton great Lee Chong Wei began his attempt to finally win a world championship title with a quick victory on Monday.

The top-ranked Malaysian beat Lee Dong-keun of South Korea 21-11, 21-12 with a dominant performance in the first round. It was his first match in two months since losing to Kenichi Tago of Japan at the Indonesian Open, and he was fresh, fast, and much more committed to attack than usual.

The 31-year-old Malaysian won eight straight points to take an 11-4 lead in the first game and the win was never in doubt after that.

"Today I was very aggressive and I was happy with my performance but I shall just try my best. I still feel the injury," he said, referring to a long-lasting groin problem.

With titleholder Lin Dan absent, many view this as Chong Wei's best chance to finally win the elusive world title. He next plays Dieter Domke of Germany, who beat Kashyap Parupalli of India 26-24, 13-21, 21-18.

Earlier, Kento Momota of Japan became the first seeded player to lose. The 13th-ranked Momota let slip a lead of a game and 15-11 to lose 18-21, 21-18, 21-12 to Wei Nan of Hong Kong.

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