PETALING JAYA: Chong Wei Feng’s hopes of reaching his first final in two years went up in smoke.
The 30-year-old former international’s gallant run in the Lingshui China Masters came to an end when he lost 17-21, 21-16, 21-23 to Taiwan’s Lin Yu-hsien in the semi-finals today.
Wei Feng, the world No.48, had only himself to blame after failing to make the most of the two match points he held.
He was on the verge of victory at 20-19 and 21-20 but world 53 No.Yu-hsien prevailed in the next two rallies to earn his title shot against homester Lu Guangzu tomorrow.
Wei Feng certainly deserved some credit as he did not give up despite trailing 4-12 at one stage.
It was Wei Feng’s first defeat to 26-year-old Yu-hsien in three encounters.
It’s still Wei Feng best run on the international stage since he emerged runner-up at the Vietnam Open in July 2016.
The two-time China Open semi-finalist will look to build on the solid outing when he travels to Auckland in two weeks time for the New Zealand Open from May 1-6.
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