Copenhagen: World number one Lee Chong Wei barely broke a sweat in the World Championships semi-finals seeing off the world number sixteen Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to secure his place in Sunday’s final.
Lee clinically dispatched the Dane in straight sets 21-9 21-7. He will meet Chinese second seed Chen Long who survived a second set scare against Tommy Sugiarto to seal his place in the final with 21-16 22-20 victory over the Indonesia.
After the match, Chong Wei told reporters that even he has been struck by his own form as he is seeking his first World Championships title.
“I am also a little surprised how well I’m playing in Copenhagen given that I have not fully recovered from the groin injury yet,” said the Malaysian.
“Viktor had the home court advantage, and he was very determined. I’m glad I won the match,” added Lee.
Meanwhile Axelsen admitted it’s just too hard to defeat the world number one.
“Of course I am disappointed, but Chong Wei was too fast, and his strokes were so deadly. I tried to disturb his rhythm, but that did not go well,” said the 20 year old Danish.
As for Lee Chong Wei, he vowed to get thing right this time.
“This is my third final, I will give my best and I am going to enjoy every moment of it. Hopefully, I can give the nation a perfect 57th independence day gift by winning the World Championships title,” said Lee Chong Wei confidently.