This is his reward for an 11-7, 11-4 victory over South Korea's Lee Yong-sun, an excellent effort given that Butler only played here because his home county is hosting the biggest badminton tournament ever.
The Coventry man, who overcame a back complaint and fatigue to win, said: 'I suppose I do have a point to prove. Going to the Olympics should have been the highlight of my career. Instead, I was left gutted. If I beat the Olympic champion, it would make some people sit up and take notice.'
Two seeds, Lee Kwang-jin, of South Korea, and Pernille Nedergaard, the European champion from Denmark, were beaten.
'When is the next plane home?' Nedergaard said as she left the court after an 11-6, 11-8 defeat to Malaysia's Lee Wai- Leng. 'I'm leaving now to forget this. I played bullshit.'Reuse content