Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in action during his match against France's Brice Leverdez. REUTERS
France's Brice Leverdez celebrates his victory over Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei during their round one men's singles match during the 2017 BWF World Championships of badminton at Emirates Arena in Glasgow. AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei was close to speechless after his shock loss to Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the first round of the World Championships in Glasgow today.

The World No 2 asked to be given space and said he wants to rest before making any decisions on his future.

"I cannot comment on any plans for the moment because I cannot think now. I will take a break before making any decisions," said Chong Wei, when met after the match.

Chong Wei, however, admitted that his opponent put him under pressure in the match and was the better man on the day.

"Leverdez's game was spot on today, he was also lucky on a few occasions. I did my best and I just have to accept that I lost today."

Chong Wei also lost to Leverdez in the second round of the Denmark Open in October.

The questions now is whether the loss to Leverdez is Chong Wei's final appearance at the World Championships or perhaps even his final game in the sport itself.

The focus at the world meet now now shifts to men's doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and mixed doubles duo Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing progressed with a 21-18, 21-10 victory over Ronan Labar-Audrey Fontaine and now face China's Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping on Thursday.

V Shem-Wee Kiong and will play South Korean pair Chung Eui Seok-Kim Dukyong in the second round tomorrow.

Translated from Berita Harian