Chen Long of China will take on Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Indian Open on Sunday. Their head-to-head stands at 8-all. - AFP
NEW DELHI, INDIA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei battled his way to the men’s singles final to set up a mouth-watering showdown with Chen Long of China at the Indian Open in New Delhi.
Top seed Chong Wei toiled for 72 minutes to overcome Du Pengyu’s ferocious assault to prevail 21-17, 19-21, 21-15 in the semi-finals to keep alive his hopes of winning a third Indian Open title.
Chong Wei could have beaten Pengyu in straight games as he was in a comfortable 15-11 lead in the second game, but the China’s No. 3 shuttler refused to give up. He displayed some great net play and explosive movements to make a remarkable comeback to set up a rubber game.
Chong Wei, however, stepped up his game in the rubber and was never really troubled by Pengyu.