New York: Lee Chong Wei stayed on course for his US Open title after comfortably brushing aside B. Sai Praneeth of India 21-9, 21-17 in Saturday’s semifinals.
And the man standing in the way for Lee Chong Wei is Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark who used all his experience to overcome top seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in a three-set thriller, winning 12-21, 21-11, 21-13 in the days other semifinal.
Lee will be looking to claim his first title in more than one year on Sunday. It was slightly a year ago that Lee won his last tournament title at the Yonex Japan Open on June 15, 2014.
In women’s singles, unseeded Sayaka Sato pulled off an upset to defeat her second seed compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 22-24, 21-11, 21-8 to set up a final clash with top seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final.
Huang Kaixiang/Huang Dongping of China pulled off another big upset of the day in US Open on Saturday, beating top seeds Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels of Germany 21-13, 12-21, 21-15 in 52 minutes as they reached the mixed doubles final. Huang Kaixiang/Huang Dongping will face reigning Australian Open champions Reginald Lee Chun Hei / Chau Hoi Wah in the final.
Yu Yang/Zhong Qianxin of China will set up women’s doubles final face-off with Ayane Kurihara/Naru Shinoya of Japan, while Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China will play Manu Attri/B. Sumeeth Reddy of India for the men’s doubles title on Sunday.