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Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 12:47:00 AM
Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 10:28:45 AM
Too good. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei beat Du Pengyu of China in three sets to advance to the final of the Denmark Open on Saturday.
ODENSE: Despite dropping a game, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei still enjoyed a rather comfortable win over China’s Du Pengyu to ease into the final of the Denmark Open on Saturday.
On Friday, defending champion Chong Wei had survived a scare by home favourite Jan O Jorgensen in the quarter-finals, before winning 8-21, 21-18, 21-5.
The Penangite who turns 31 tomorrow, also started slowly against world No.3 Pengyu, but rallied to notch a 20-22, 21-6, 21-15 win in 59 minutes.
The first game was a shootout between both players and Pengyu had the advantage at 19-16 only for Chong Wei to level it at 20-all.
A poor serve however gave the Chinese the opportunity to close out the first game 22-20.
Chong Wei however in typical fashion stepped up the pace and completely outplayed Pengyu in the second game before completing his win in the deciding rubber without too much difficulties.
He will meet world No.2 Chen Long also of China, who defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-18, 21-13, in his bid to defend his title.
“I think Pengyu was better in the first game and I was unlucky with the tap while being 20-21 down,” said Chong Wei.
“But I never gave up and I kept trying to make my shots and it paid.
“Basically I made the game faster in the second game and it worked so I continued with the same strategy for the third game.
“Now I’m feeling pretty confident for the final...I’ve not played Chen Long since the All England...which I lost.
“Then I was the defending champion and I’ll be the defending champion again this time but perhaps Denmark is my lucky place after all,” added Chong Wei.
In men’s doubles, South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, playing in their first tournament together, sorely disappointed the home crowd by beating second seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-18, 21-13.
They will however face world champions - Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, who took out third seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan 27-25, 23-21, in the final.
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