Wuhan: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will meet Kidambi Srikanth of India for the third time in a month on Friday after the Malaysian badminton superstar fought back to defeat Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 16-21, 21-9, 21-11 in the 2018 Asia Championships second round.
Ginting who won the Indonesia Masters in January this year, got off to a strong start in the first set. He was leading Lee 11-5, 19-12 before taking the first set 21-16.
Lee was able to come back strong in the second set, forcing a decider by winning the game 21-9.
Although Lee was trailing 2-6, 3-7 in the decider, he was fired up and quickly found his rhythm to beat Ginting 21-11 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Kidambi Srikanth of India.
Srikanth, however, did not have to break any sweat as his opponent Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong Wing Ki retired at 2-7 in the first game to hand over the quarterfinal spot to the Indian.
At the mixed team event of the 2018 Commonwealth Games that was held in Gold Coast Australia on April 9th, Srikanth defeated Lee in straight set. But the Malaysian badminton icon was quick to exact revenge as he outlasted Srikanth in three set to claim the men’s singles gold on April 15th.
In other men’s singles quarter-final, the No. 4 seed Shi Yuqi of China suffered a second-round exit as he was shocked by former world No. 2 Kento Momota of Japan, losing to the Japanese 15-21, 21-12, 12-21.
“It was my first game against Momota, I was under pressure. Momota was an experienced player and his net shots were exceptional,” said Shi.
The unseeded Momota will play No. 7 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan next.
In men’s doubles, Malaysia’s No. 8 seeds Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will play Japan’s No. 3 seeds Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda on Friday.