LEE Chong Wei closed in on a seventh consecutive national title on a day where men’s doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were shocked by back-up pair Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jian Guo in the semi-finals of the National Grand Prix Finals in Alor Star yesterday.
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Chong Wei is simply too good for entire field and there was little fellow national player Liew Daren could do as the World No 1 registered a 21-12, 21-10 win to reach the final.
Wei Feng, the National No 4, was given token resistance by Chan Kwong Beng, who had eliminated Hafiz Hashim in the group stage, and secured a commanding 21-10, 21-16 win.
Wei Feng discounted his chances of victory against Chong Wei but was hoping to give the six-time national champion strong resistance.
“I’m happy to reach the final as it was my target. Now, I have to face someone who is at a different level altogether,” said Wei Feng.
“It is very hard to make a breakthrough against Chong Wei. I’ve played him three times before and there is hardly anything worth remembering those matches.
“My only hope is that I can put up a good fight.”
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, both nursing high temperatures, were matched stride for stride by Wei Shem-Jian Guo who notched a 21-19, 21-18 win in 27 minutes.
They will meet fellow back-up combination Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah who beat Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng 17-21, 21-11, 21-19 in the final today.
There was some consolation though for Kien Keat who advanced to the mixed doubles final with Ng Hui Lin. Kien Keat-Hui Lin defeated Latif siblings Zakry and Nairul Suhada 25-23, 21-16 in the semi-finals.
They will meet Tan Wee Kiong-Woon Khe Wei, who defeated Razif Latif-Chong Sook Chin 11-21, 21-10, 21-15, in the final.
The women’s singles semi-finals turned out to be anti-climatic affairs as defending champion Julia Wong powered past junior shuttler Ng Sin Er while Lydia Cheah walked into the final without even lifting her racquet.
Julia needed just 20 minutes to secure a 21-8, 21-7 win over Sin Er.
Lydia received a walkover from S. Stephanie Shalini who suffered an ankle injury during her group match against Julia on Thursday.