QINGDAO (AFP) - A Lee Chong Wei-inspired Malaysia overcame the worst possible start to crush Russia 4-1 at the Sudirman Cup on Monday as the world number one showed his team-mates how it should be done. Earlier in the day, a determined England pushed South Korea all the way before the Koreans' superior quality and stamina saw them survive a major scare. South Korea, along with Denmark, are tipped to be the closest challengers to reigning champions China, but they will have to play far better if they are to be realistic contenders in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao. Similarly, Malaysia were sluggish to get going, as their mixed doubles pairing of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying went down 21-19, 21-18 to Alexander Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina. Not for the first time, Lee was Malaysia's saviour, stepping up to blast the out-classed Ivan Sozonov off the court 21-9, 21-10 in a brutal 26-minute demolition job. Lee said afterwards that he had been slightly troubled by the lighting at the arena, but added: "I think I did OK today and I was quite a bit better than my opponent, though I can do better. The Koreans, the 2009 runners-up, finally emerged 4-1 winners over the unfancied English to book their place in the quarter-finals at their opponents' expense. But it was not without its headaches.