KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 30 – It’ll be a real test for national badminton ace, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, in pursuit of the first gold medal in the Olympics in August, when he faces his arch-rival Lin Dan in the semi-final of the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan, Saturday.
The 32-year-old from Penang booked a ticket to the semifinals after taking 49 minutes to beat Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen 21-16, 21-18 Friday. Earlier, Lin Dan had booked a place in the semi-finals by defeating South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-15, 21-11 in 42 minutes. Records of meetings between Chong Wei and Lin Dan are in favour of the world number three from China, with 25 wins compared to Chong Wei’s 10 wins.
Meanwhile, in another men’s singles semi-final match Saturday, the world number one, Chen Long of China meets his fellow countryman, Tian Houwei. Chen Long took the stride to the semifinals after defeating Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in straight sets 21-16, 21-14 in 50 minutes, while Tian Houwei had to struggle to beat Tzu Wei Wang of Taiwan 21-15, 19-21, 21-16 after 66 minutes.