Chong Wei continues fine run in Hong Kong, but not Super Dan
PETALING JAYA - Lee Chong Wei and his nemesis Lin Dan experienced mixed fortunes in the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament.
While the Malaysian marched into the quarter-finals, it was all over for the five-time world champion from China.
Chong Wei, who moved up three spots to world No. 6 in the latest world ranking on Thursday following his China Open triumph last Sunday, defeated Marc Zwielber of Germany 21-12, 21-12.
The 33-year-old Chong Wei will take on top seed Chen Long in a repeat of the China Open final.
"Chen Long will be more than eager to get back at Chong Wei. I have told Chong Wei not to put undue pressure on himself, but to just enjoy his game - like he did in China," said national coach Tey Seu Bock.
A sluggish Lin Dan struggled against the strong draught in the stadium and went down 8-21, 18-21 to Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong.
The 21-year-old Ka Long, who won the Bitburger German Open Grand Prix Gold last month, faces Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen next.