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Chen Long of China has a relatively good winning record against Lee Chong Wei, having beaten the World No.1 Malaysian six times in 13 previous meetings. Filepic
ODENSE: China’s Chen Long has nothing but respect for world No.1 Lee Chong Wei. And he appreciates the opportunity to take him on in the men’s singles final of the Denmark Open.
Chen Long, the second ranked player in the world enjoyed a straight-forward 21-18, 21-13 win over Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the semi-finals on Saturday.
It made up for the unexpected first round defeat in the Japan Open last month to unknown Japanese Kazuteru Kozai.
And Chen Long, who overpowered Chong Wei to win the Denmark Open two years ago is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to face the Malaysian once more - their 14th meeting. Their head-to-head record currently stands at 7-6 in favour of Chong Wei.
The Hubei native can also draw inspiration from the fact that he also got the better of Chong Wei in their last meeting - the All England final back in March.
“To face Chong Wei is a great honour and every time I face him, I learn something new,” said Chen Long.
“It’s a new learning experience every time I face Chong Wei and I really look forward to it.
“Plus, I don’t meet him too often in tournaments nowadays and I really appreciate every opportunity I get to take him on,” added the 24-year-old.
Chong Wei who took three games to beat China’s world No.3 Du Pengyu, will however be fired up for the win - on the eve of his 31st birthday.
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