KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will be out to safeguard his five-year unbeaten run against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand when the old hands clash in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Saturday.
On Friday, top seed Chong Wei was in ruthless form when he crushed reigning French Open champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-8, 21-17 in just 34 minutes.
The 31-year-old Boonsak was also in his element when he toyed around with Hans-Kristian Vittignhus before romping to a 21-17, 21-16 win.
Chong Wei is the only Malaysian left in the fray following the defeat of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying to Chris Adcock-Gabriele White of England in the mixed doubles event. The Malaysian duo went down 18-21, 12-21.
National coach Rashid Sidek said that Chong Wei, who has not lost to Boonsak since his defeat to the Thai star at the Asian Badminton Championships in 2008, has a good chance to end the Super Series season on a high note.