JAKARTA, Indonesia — Five-time champion Lin Dan of China and his Malaysian arch rival Lee Chong Wei eased their way to the second round of the badminton world championships following straight-sets victories on Tuesday.
The fifth-seeded Dan overpowered Sattawat Pongnairat of the United States 21-8, 21-11 while unseeded Lee outclassed Lithuanian Kestutis Navickas 21-9, 21-13.
Both Dan and Lee are expected to meet in the semifinals of the men's singles, with the final scheduled for Sunday.
Also advancing to the second round were third seed Srikanth Kidambi of India, 13rd-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong, and 14th seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.
In women's singles, unheralded Pai Yu Po of Taiwan upset 16th seed Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia.