Lee to meet 'Super' Dan in dream final

Updated: 07 January 2012 18:42 IST

World number one Lee Chong-Wei powered into the final at the Korea Open on Saturday, setting up a mouthwatering clash with arch-rival Lin Dan as the battle at the top of the men's game hots up.

Lee to meet 'Super' Dan in dream final
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Seoul:

World number one Lee Chong-Wei powered into the final at the Korea Open on Saturday, setting up a mouthwatering clash with arch-rival Lin Dan as the battle at the top of the men's game hots up.

Both shuttlers were in blistering form in their semi-finals: Malaysia's Lee trounced China's Du Pengyu 21-8, 21-13 and world number two Lin 'Super' Dan from China knocked off Sho Sasaki of Japan almost as easily, 21-16, 21-14.

Lee overwhelmed his opponent with 16 smash winners in a contest that was over after 37 minutes, while Lin took ten minutes more -- and notched up 20 smash winners -- to dispatch with the Japanese shuttler.

The final takes on extra significance after Lin's victory at the World Superseries Finals in December, where Lee went tumbling out in a shock semi-final defeat to another Chinese ace, Chen Long.

In the women's draw, world number three from China Wang Shixian reached the singles finals when she beat South Korea's Bae Youn-Joo 21-15, 21-16.

Wang will face her compatriot Jiang Yanjiao after she ousted world number one Wang Yihan 21-13, 21-19 to set up an all-China final.

In women's doubles, China's Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei lost the first game 24-26 to South Korea's Jung Kyung-Eun/Kim Ha-Na but they easily won the second game 21-5 before finished it off 21-13.

They will meet Ha Jung-Eun/Kim Min-Jung from South Korea who came from behind to see off China's Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang 12-21, 21-15, 21-17.

In men's doubles Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng from China defeated South Korea's Ko Sung-Hyun and Yoo Yeon-Seong 21-13, 21-14.

They will meet another South Korean pair Jung Jae-Sung/Lee Yong-Dae who defeated their compatriots Kim Ki-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang 21-15, 27-25.

The one-million dollar event, the first Super Series of the new season, has enthused local fans, who packed out the 4,000-seat Jamsil Olympic Gymnasium in South Korea's capital.

Topics : Tennis Badminton
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