Kuching: Lee Chong Wei made his way into the title decider of the Malaysia Open 2017 on Saturday, setting up another salivating chapter in his epic rivalry with Lin Dan.
File photo of Lin Dan. AFP
Malaysia’s most beloved badminton son brushed aside Wong Wing Ki, 21-12 21-9, to have a shot at an unprecedented 12th World Superseries crown on home soil.
Lin, on the other hand, reached the final with a hard-fought 27-25, 19-21, 21-16 win over Son Wan Ho .
The Malaysia Open is one of the very few major titles missing from Lin’s collection, and the Chinese great will attempt to get it right in his fourth final.
“Not only badminton fans in Malaysia but the whole world will be looking forward to this match,” Lee was quoted as saying by the official BWF website, contemplating Sunday's finale versus his Chinese arch-rival.
“We are back in Sarawak after 11 years. I will try to play for everyone in Sarawak and to get a 12th time. I hope we can both put on a great show and enjoy the match.”
The battle for the women’s singles title also promises to be a thriller with Olympic and World champion, Carolina Marin, taking on world No 1 Ta Tzu Ying.
Marin withstood late surges by Okuhara in both games to triumph 23-21 21-19 while Tai got past Sung Ji Hyun, 20-22 21-13 21-12.
“Tai is in really good form and the pressure will be on her. She is the one who is expected to win but it will be very difficult to beat me,” the confident Spaniard said after prevailing in an entertaining semi-final against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.
Sunday’s finals will begin at 10:30 AM IST on the same court, with the men’s singles title bout being third in the queue behind the mixed doubles and women’s singles finals.
With inputs from AFP
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Updated Date: Apr 09, 2017 17:23:45 IST