JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 5 -- Lee Chong Wei stormed into the final of the men's singles in the Super Series masters final for the second successive year.
A well carved out victory over Denmark's Peter Gade in their semi-final clash at the City Council Indoor stadium here Saturday night has put the world's No 1 shuttler and the defending champion in the fight against South Korea's Park Sung Hwan for the title and the US$40,000 winner's cheque Sunday.
The result was 21-17, 21-16 in Chong Wei's favour but the closeness of the score line actually did not reflect the proceedings on the court as it was the Malaysian who held the upper hand throughout and was never really in danger of letting the game slip away from his grasp.
Gade, the second seed in the tournament, knew it was going to be tough against Chong Wei in a repeat of last year's final in Kota Kinabalu, and despite his gallant effort, it was always going to be an uphill task for the 33-year-old Dane.
"It was a tough match, the toughest I have played so far in the tournament. But Peter is a good player and that is expected," said Chong Wei.
His South Korean opponent in the final has come through on the back of some encouraging performances in the past few days, especially his demolition of China's Bao Chunlai in the semi-final earlier in the day.
"I certainly will not under estimate Park's challenge and capabilities in the final Sunday," said Chong Wei who is looking for his sixth title of the year.
And like Chong Wei, the women's doubles combination of Wong Pei Tty and Chin Ee Hui are also looking forward to defending their title.
A 21-15, 21-18 win over Thailand's Kunchala Voravichit and Duang Anong Kesorn in their semi-final clash has cleared the way for the Malaysian pair to play the European champion Lena Kristiansen and Kamilla Juhl Sunday.
Like Chong Wei, Wong Mew Choo is also through to the final after her 21-10, 21-10 win over Holland's Yao Jie today where she will meet Germany's Julian Schenck who beat India's Saina Nehwal 21-18, 21-18 in their semi-final clash Saturday.
But the journey has ended for the Malaysian men's doubles pair of Moh Zakry Latiff and Fairuzizuan Tazari after their loss to South Korea's Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung 14-21,11-21 Saturday.