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BADMINTON: Lee Chong Wei advances to the All England semis

WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei took a giant step towards clinching his first All England title when he reached the semi-finals in Birmingham yesterday.

Chong Wei, the top seed, defeated South Korea's newcomer Shon Wan Ho 14-21, 21-14, 21-14 in the quarter-final which lasted for 61 minutes.

There was even better news as Olympic champion Lin Dan of China, the only player between the title and Chong Wei, crashed out in the last eight after losing to compatriot Bao Chunlai 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 also in 61 minutes.

Chong Wei will now meet Denmark's Peter Gade Christensen, who defeated former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 20-22, 22-20, 22-20 in an epic 80-minute battle, tonight.

Chunlai will play another ginatkiller Kenichi Tago of Japan, who defeated third seed Chen Jin of China 22-20, 19-21, 21-13, in the last four.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's run in the men's doubles came to an end after Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen fell in the quarter-finals. Tan Fook-Wan Wah found Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia too hot to handle and lost 21-17, 21-11.

Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark defeated Teik Chai-Bin Shen 21-18, 22-20 and will play Markis-Hendra next.

Second seeds Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae of South Korea were shocked 21-18, 21-10 by China's Xu Chen-Guo Zhendong.

Defending champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China were also beaten 21-18, 21-10 by Danish pair Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

Source from New Straits Times

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