KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is on the verge of becoming the most successful men’s singles player in the Japan Open.
On Saturday, top seed and defending champion Chong Wei showed no mercy in his 21-10, 21-5 demolition of Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh, the bronze medallist at the World Championships.
It took the 30-year-old just 29 minutes to set up a final showdown with local hero Kenichi Tago.
Chong Wei will be gunning for his fourth title in Tokyo. The Malaysian is now tied with Ardy Wiranta of Indonesia on three titles. Ardy won it in 1991, 1992 and 1994 while Chong Wei emerged champion in 2007,1010 and 2012.
Chong Wei is motivated to win the title as a parting gift for coach Rashid Sidek, who quit the national team on Thursday due to problems with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
“I think this is one of my best matches against Tien Minh in recent times. I was very focused today and I am happy that I knocked him off easily,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.