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A file photo of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong. The pair went out in the Denmark Open quarter-finals to South Korea's Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong 21-15, 21-12.
ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei overcame yet another long delay and local ace Jan O Jorgensen to make the semi-finals of the Denmark Open.
On Thursday, Chong Wei only finished his second round match against Viktor Axelsen, another Dane, at 11pm (local time).
On Friday, his quarter-final clash against Jorgensen only began at 11pm.
And by the time Chong Wei had fought back from a set down to beat Jorgensen 8-21, 21-18, 21-5, it was already close to midnight.
The long wait certainly seemed to affect Chong Wei, who initially looked out of sorts against world No. 5 Jorgensen, who was buoyed by the boisterous home crowd.
The Dane clearly enjoyed the support and was quick out of the blocks to win the first game in style as Chong Wei struggled to cope with his pace.
The two-time Olympic silver medallist looked to be on his way out when he blew leads of 9-2 and 16-10 in the second game to allow Jorgensen to storm ahead at 18-17.
Chong Wei, however, reeled off four straight points to force the deciding rubber and strike a psychological blow to Jorgensen.
The Malaysian was at his sublime best in the third game.
The 30-year-old Chong Wei will face China’s Du Pengyu, who eliminated India’s R.M.V. Gurusaidutt 21-11, 21-19, for a place in final.
“Full credit to Jorgensen ... he was incredible in the first game,” said a relieved Chong Wei.
“He was just so fast and I had trouble coping with his pace and I made quite a few mistakes.
“It’s not that I played badly but Jorgensen has really improved ... I was fortunate to win the second game.
“That gave me the confidence to step it up in the rubber game.
“Luckily my semi-final against Pengyu will be much earlier ... about 4pm. I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“He (Pengyu) may be fresher, having finished his quarter-final match much earlier, but I should do fine against him.”
The other semi-final pits world No. 19 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand against world No. 2 Chen Long of China.
Tanongsak continued his stellar form by beating Indonesia's world No. 15 Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-16, 21-11 in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s doubles, world No. 5 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fell to South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong 15-21, 12-21.
The eighth seeded Koreans will meet home favourites Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen in the last four.
“We lacked fighting spirit against the Koreans,” admitted Boon Heong.
“We’ve lost to the Koreans quite a bit and it affected us ... mentally. They know our game way too well.”
The other semi-final will be a showdown between top seeds Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia and third seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan.
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