Lee Chong Wei sets up dream semi-final against Lin Dan at BAC

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Lee Chong Wei sets up semifinal showdown with Lin Dan at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: GettyImages)

Wuhan: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei will face World No. 3 Lin Dan in a blockbuster semi-final clash at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships after dismissing No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan on Friday in Wuhan, China.Lee Chong Wei sets up semifinal showdown with Lin Dan at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: GettyImages)

Lee and Lin will clash for the 36th time on Saturday at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, with Lin Dan holds the advantage in a 25-10 head-to-head record. Nevertheless, Lee has prevailed in their past contest where he beat Lin 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 in the semi-finals of last year’s China Open.

In Friday’s quarter-final, Lee Chong Wei saw off Chou Tien Chen’s late resilience to cap a quarter-final victory against the Taiwanese shuttler 21-16, 21-18 in 49 minutes.

Meanwhile, China’s badminton maestro Lin Dan was in unstoppable form as he brushed aside South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-15, 21-11 in 42 minutes.

World No. 1 Chen Long of China will play compatriot Tian Houwei in the other men’s semi-final.

South Korea’s men’s doubles top seeds Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong also progressed to the semi-finals and will take on Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda of Japan for a final berth.

Men’s doubles No. 4 seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan will get another chance to justify their No. 1 ranking amongst the Chinese men’s doubles pairs when they share court with their younger teammates Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen on Saturday.

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