Birmingham: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will take on Chinese youngster Shi Yuqi in the All England Championships men's singles final on Sunday.
Despite his age, 21-year-old Shi Yuqi will be ready to give three-time winner Chong Wei a tough time. The 2016 French Open champion came as a shock for the six-time All-England winner Lin Dan, prevailing 24-22, 21-11 in the semi-finals at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.
Chong Wei has met the 10th seed Yuqi twice before: once at the 2015 Canada Open and at the 2016 Japan Open. Notably, he has won on both occasions, but Yuqi won't be an easy opponent.
The Malaysian shuttler was, however, delighted to be featuring in his seventh All-England final. "I had expected to play Lin Dan in the final but instead, I'll play his younger teammate. I'll not be overly worried but rather stay focused on my game," said Chong Wei.
"It's great that I can still make it to the final at this age. I promise to give my fans a good show," added Chong Wei, who won the title in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Elsewhere, in the women's final, top-seeded Taiwanese Tai Tzu Ying will face off against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, who is coming from a phenomenal semi-final win 22-20, 21-16 over sixth-seed Akane Yamaguchi.
Just like Chong Wei, Intanon has recovered from pertinent injuries and will eye a bounce-back at the grandest stage of all. Meanwhile, Tai Tzu Ying will be eager to continue her brilliant form after she fought back from a game down to win a three-game thriller 11-21, 21-14, 21-11 in the semi-final against the Korean Sung Ji-Hyun.
Mixed doubles - Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) vs Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (China).
Men's singles - Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) vs Shi Yuqi (China).
Women's doubles - Chang Ye-Na-Lee So-hee (Korea) vs Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Denmark).
Men's doubles - Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (China) vs Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia).
Women's singles - Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) vs Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand).
Published Date: Mar 12, 2017 11:51 pm | Updated Date: Mar 13, 2017 02:40 am