R1: Max 3-2 Ivan

Max Lee (HKG) 3-2 Ivan Yuen (MAS) 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 (69m)

Although the H2H is in favour of Max (4/1), it was always tough battles between them. Yvan, 29 pushed Max in 5 as well in Macau back in April, and today was no different!

Max Lee:
I’m happy with my performance today. I didn’t expect that I would play well because it is just the beginning of the season. It’s good that feeling of winning your first match and hopefully this season I will be injury free. Ivan played well, I just tried to move as smooth as I can. My passion is still there and it’s great to get that feeling of being in another round.

I wasn’t thinking about our last match because we have played so many times. We are good friends and train together, it’s great that we play really fairly on court and play with a positive attitude.

Me and Daryl are both over 30, so we will play in a different way. I just want to play as best as I can, he’s still so fit and so smooth and has that experience.