REUTERS – Arch rivals Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan remained on march for a blockbuster men’s singles semi-final showdown during a universe championships when they enjoyed slight third turn victories in Jakarta on Thursday.
Chinese fifth seed Lin dejected Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-9 21-13 while Malaysia’s Lee was given a some-more consummate exam by Wang Zhengming in his 21-17 21-19 victory.
Nearing a finish of festive careers that have seen them browbeat a competition for roughly a decade, Lee has been considerable given his lapse from a doping anathema though will be all too wakeful that nemesis Lin blocks his trail to excellence once more.
Lee tested certain for anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone final Oct though successfully appealed he had taken a bootleg piece inadvertently and had his anathema back-dated and reduced to 8 months on appeal.
Although Lee has spent roughly 300 weeks during a tip of a tellurian rankings, he has never prisoner a universe pretension or Olympic bullion award and a 32-year-old is roughly positively personification in his final universe championships forward of his swansong during Rio 2016.
Lin has prisoner each vital honour and will be assured of clinching a sixth tellurian climax on Sunday before embarking on a hunt for a third true Olympic pretension forward of retirement. He has beaten Lee in 4 of those vital finals.
On a other side of a draw, Chinese tip seed and fortifying champion Chen Long put on a autarchic arrangement of justice coverage with a 21-17 21-18 feat over unseeded Thai Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to book his place in a quarter-finals.
Fourth seed Kento Momota of Japan also modernized with a 21-15 21-16 win over Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh and second seeded Dane Jan Ø. Jørgensen kick Korea’s Son Wan-ho 21-19 21-11 to set adult a last-eight confront opposite Lin.
Earlier, India’s P.V. Sindhu caused a initial vital dissapoint in possibly of a singles draws when a 20-year-old dumbfounded Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China 21-17 14-21 21-17 in a pulsating women’s third turn encounter.
Sindhu mostly saves her best for this contest and will be looking to urge on her dual prior bronze award performances if she can say a form that saw her charge to feat past a third seed.
There was also a spirit of another dissapoint in same half of a pull when tip seed and fortifying champion Carolina Marin forsaken a second diversion of her compare opposite Taiwan’s Pai Yu-po though a injury-prone Spaniard dug low to allege 21-11 18-21 21-17.
On a good day for India in a women’s singles, second seed Saina Nehwal overcame a indolent start opposite Japanese southpaw Sayaka Takahashi to book her place in a final 8 with a gutsy 21-18 21-14 feat over her fast-starting opponent.
The biggest dissapoint of a day came in a women’s doubles when top-seeded Japanese span Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi were dumbfounded in 3 games by unseeded Malaysian twin Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho.
(Reporting by John O’Brien in Singapore; modifying by Justin Palmer)
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