LONDON, Aug 3 — World number two Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the semifinals of the men’s singles badminton competition of the 2012 Olympics after beating Kashyap Parupali from India in the quarterfinal at the Wembley Arena here Thursday.
He will battle Chen Long of China in the semifinals.
The Malaysian, the silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, beat the Indian 21-19, 21-11 in 47 minutes.
In the first set, Chong Wei, who did not play any competitive matches for nearly two month due to an injury during the Thomas Cup tournament in China in May, initially trailed Parupali 3-6, 5-9, 6-10, 10-14.
After levelling the score at 15-15, Chong Wei went on to win the set in 21-19 in 27 minutes.
In the second set, he gave Parupali little quarter and wrapped up the set 21-11 in 17 minutes to book his semifinal berth.
Chong Wei said after three matches in the London Olympics badminton competition, against Ville Lang of Finland (Group A play) and Simon Santoso of Indonesia (third round elimination), today’s match against Parupali really pressured him.
"He’s good. He tried to break my rhthym which forced me to make unforced errors.
If I had followed his temperament, he would have beaten me," said Chong Wei after the match.
In another quarterfinal match, Chen Long beat Peter Gade of Denmark 21-16, 21-13.
On his match with the Great Wall shutler, Chong Wei said Cheng Long was known for his aggresive but long rally play.
"I must be prepared to change my temperament. Cheng Long is currently world number three, one rung below me," he said.
Their head-to-head record is 6:4, in favour of the Malaysian.
In their last meeting during the 2012 Malaysia Open in January, Chong Wei beat Chen Long in a three setter, prevailing in 21-18, 17-21, 21-13.
National coach Rashid Sidek said as Chen Long was expected to play a long rally game in tomorrow’s semifinals, Chong Wei should use his speed to cut the opponent’d rhythm.
"The Chinese have changed their tactical movements, from fast and attacking mode into long rally mode.
Theat’s where Chong Wei should be alert because they just wait for the right time to kill the bird (shuttlecock)," he said.