IT was another effortless win and it showed how much the national shuttlers are lagging behind Lee Chong Wei as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.
Back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng has been training with Chong Wei for more than a year but it hardly mattered as the latter picked up an easy 21-10, 21-5 win in 30 minutes in the quarter-finals.
Kuan Beng Hong reached the semi-finals after beating back-up player Lim Fang Yang of Pahang 21-17, 21-4 in just 20 minutes and will take on Chong Wei today.
Arif Latif also claimed a semi-final spot after beating Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin 21-16, 21-11 in 30 minutes.
Third seed Chong Wei Feng also advanced after beating fellow back-up player Liew Daren 21-15, 21-18 and will meet Arif in the last four.
Women's singles top seed Wong Mew Choo also faced little trouble as she cruised into the last four with a 21-11, 21-6 win and will next play back-up shuttler Ooi Swee Wenn.
Swee Wenn progressed to the next round when she beat Lee Joo Yiet of Johor 21-12, 21-12.
The other semi-final will be a closely fought affair as Julia Wong will meet Lydia Cheah in a clash of national shuttlers.
Julia earned her spot in the last four after beating Stephanie Shalini 21-18, 21-15 while Lydia defeated Lim Yee Theng of Penang 21-12, 21-5.