Lee Zii Jia squashed any doubts of his participation at the French Open by extracting sweet revenge over Weng Hong Yang who beat him in last week's Denmark Open final.
Lee had only arrived in Rennes on Tuesday after getting stuck in transit from Odense, and there were questions if he would be physically and mentally ready to play the Chinese again.
But it was a fired up Lee who showed up at the Glaz Arena to beat Weng 21-15, 21-11 in a 45-minute contest.
Sporting a headband, the world number 11 got to work quickly against the left hander, eager to atone for his defeat just four days ago.
In both games, Lee upped the tempo after the interval to pull away as his thunderous smashes were once again the key ingredients to his success.
Lee’s defence was also impeccable, as he flung himself into full stretch dives on a few occasions.
As an unseeded shuttler, the Malaysian was bound to get a tough draw and he faces All-England and reigning Asian Games champion Li Shi Feng on Thursday.