Kuala Lumper: Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia’s badminton maestro, romped over Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen in a semi-final match on Saturday to book his place in the finals of the Malaysian Open 2016.
Ranked number four in the world, the shuttler, who beat Jorgensen 21-7, 21-14, will take on world number one Chen Long from China in Sunday’s final.
Lee had suffered early exits in the All England Championships and India Open in March but returned in form against Jorgensen who he reduced to dust in just 35 minutes.
“I am looking forward to winning my 11th Malaysian Open title . My confidence and court feeling gets better with each game, and I am now only one more game away from the title,” said Lee.
“I have to be patient against Chen Long and can’t be constantly on the attack. He is a tall player and has good court movement, but I will have the backing of home support to hopefully see me over the finish line.” Lee added
Lee had missed last year’s edition because of a suspension after testing positive for dexamethasone, a banned anti-inflammatory, at the world championships in Copenhagen in 2014.
The Badminton World Federation, however, in April, said Lee had ‘accidentally’ ingested the banned substance and handed him an eight-month backdated ban, after which he resumed his career.
Meanwhile, defending champion Chen Long from China admitted he was fortunate in his semi-final encounter against Indonesia’s rising star Jonatan Christie, after defeating the 18-year-old, 8-21, 21-19, 21-14.
“I am lucky to have made the final. If he didn’t commit the crucial mistakes in the second game, it would have been a different story. The final will be the home crowd against me, but I am hoping they appreciate my game when I play him (Lee Chong Wei) in the final,” said Chen.
First Published | 10 April 2016 4:01 PM