PETALING JAYA: It cannot get better than this – a clash between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan in the men’s singles final of the US$1.2mil Korea Open to start off this year’s badminton season.
Yesterday, top seed Chong Wei showed that he has no reason to be worried about Du Pengyu – for the time being – when he crushed the fourth ranked Chinese player with an impressive 21-8, 21-13 win in 37 minutes.
It was Chong Wei’s fifth triumph over the Chinese and the Malaysian’s superiority on court yesterday showed that the 24-year-old Pengyu has a lot of catching up to do to bridge the gap.
Four-time world champion Lin Dan, in contrast, had to dig deep to overcome a fighting Sho Sasaki of Japan before securing a 21-16, 21-14 win to stay on track to defend the title and get off to a blistering start to the year.
Can Chong Wei get the better of his nemesis Lin Dan to restore his pride and revive his confidence ahead of the London Olympic Games?