Wuhan: One year after they met in the Badminton Asia Championships semi-final in Wuhan last year, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan will reunite today to contest for a spot in the final of the 2017 Badminton Asia Championships.
The men’s semi-final at Badminton Asia, also a repeat of the brilliant Malaysia Open final in April 9th — which Lin Dan won in a one-sided straight-set, will become the 39th career head-to-head meeting between the two legends.
No. 1 seed Lee Chong Wei went through with a straight sets win over Taiwanese Hsu Jen Hao 21-18, 21-13 in 43 minutes on Friday. Lin Dan had it much more comfortable as he beat another Taiwanese player, the seventh seed Chou Tien Chen 21-14, 21-12 in another quarter-final on Friday.
Reigning Olympic champion Chen Long also advanced to the semi-final at the bottom half of the men’s draw. Chen defeated Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong 21-17, 21-13 to meet his junior Shi Yuqi in the semi-final. Shi outlasted No. 3 seed Son Wan Ho of Korea 21-16, 21-15 to cruise into the semi-final.
Malaysia’s challenges in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles, fizzled out on Friday when mixed doubles No. 6 seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing bowed out to the No. 3 seeds Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong 11-21, 19-21; while Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei were knocked out by women’s doubles No. 1 seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan, losing 16-21, 10-21 in 49 minutes.