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Lee and Lin Seek China Masters Glory

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will be able to aim for a measure of consolation against China's Olympic champion Lin Dan, with both players lined up for the China Masters in Changzhou in September.

Lee recently dethroned Lin as the world number one but will always remember the thrashing the Chinese player inflicted on him in the Beijing Olympics men's singles final last month.

The two players are expected to meet in the final in Changzhou, if the seedings go according to plan, though both may have to negotiate tricky paths.

With plenty of Chinese players in the draw, Lee has been slated to meet Lu Yi in the first round. The depth of quality in Chinese badminton means that even a lesser-ranked player could be good enough to knock over one of the top seeds.

If he can get past Lu, Lee is likely to face Chinese junior player Zhou Wenlong before a probable quarter-final against Denmark's Joachim Persson.

Then, if Lee manages to survive all these hurdles, a likely semi-final against tough Chinese world number three Chen Jin awaits.

Chen won the bronze at the Olympic Games and, on home court, is like to be a tough prospect for Lee.

Also taking part in the tournament is Indonesia's former world number one and 2004 Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

Taufik was beaten in the first round of the Beijing tournament by Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann.

And it will be another Malaysian who he will face in the first round of the China Masters in the form of Hafiz Hashim.

In the men's doubles, Malaysia have decided to give another chance to the former All England winning pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

The duo, who won the 2007 All England title, were a disappointment at the Olympics and there were serious questions about whether they would play as a team again.

Recently, doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said that Koo was too arrogant for his own good. But it seems that the pair have been given a lifeline to show what they can do.

They receive a first-round bye for the China Masters before facing China's Sun Junjie and Xu Chen in the second round.

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