LIUZHOU, China — Defending champion Lee Chong Wei and Chinese ace Lin Dan stayed on course for a dream World Superseries Finals title match Friday as both stormed into the semis unbeaten.
Malaysia's Lee came through a tight match 24-22, 21-14 against Danish veteran Peter Gade, while "Super Dan" made short work of Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-11, 21-13.
Crucially, both players topped their groups after the three round-robin games, meaning they will avoid each other in Saturday's semi-finals.
World number one Lee, who has won all three editions of badminton's season finale, will face Chinese second seed Chen Long, while Lin is up against long-time foe Gade.
Olympic champion Lin, 28, crushed Tago in just 42 minutes to stand just two matches from badminton's first "Super Grand Slam" by winning all nine of the sport's premier titles.