Butler needed seven match points to succeed in a contest of 79 minutes. This followed a hard match earlier in the day when he beat Finland's Robert Liljequist, 15-9, 15-11.
Butler's lead of 8-3 at the change of ends in the third game against Lui Jun evaporated to an 8-9 deficit, but sheer courage kept him going when he was almost exhausted.
It also helped him over the disappointment of failing to clinch six match points, and through a reflex jabbing rally on Lui Jun's match point at 16-16. Butler won by luring the former champion into a round- the-head drop shot wide and within minutes was vomiting and buckled up with pain on the floor.
'I hope he set an example to other Englishmen - one or two could learn from him,' said the England manager, Ciro Ciniglio, mindful of the fact that 10 other English men singles players could not win a match between them. Today Butler plays the Commonwealth champion Rashid Sidek.Reuse content