KUALA LUMPUR: It took Japan's Kenichi Tago 15 attempts in five years to finally score his first win over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and he did it in style at the French Open.
The 24-year-old Kenichi pulled off the win in a ruthless manner when he clawed back from one game down for a 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 win over Chong in a 61-minute semi-final match on Saturday.
Kenichi, who has never beaten Chong Wei since his first defeat at the 2009 Swiss Open in March, will take on Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen in the men's singles final.
The defeat for Chong Wei ended his hope of winning the French Open for the third time.
It was also his second disappointment within two weeks. Last week, he lost to Chen Long of China in the final of the Denmark Open.
As predicted, the match between Chong Wei and Kenichi was closely fought but this time, it was Kenichi, who took more initiaves to slam down the winners.