Malaysia Open Super Series 2012 - Semi-finals
Thousand of supporters gathered at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil to weakness an epic semifinal match between Chen Long and their national hero Dato' Lee Chong Wei. Chong Wei has been defeated by Chen Long three times continuously last year and he's determined to make it right this time prior to his London Olympics preparation.
This match would definitely be a boost of confidence. Lee Chong Wei managed to win this exhausting match 21-18 17-21 21-13 . Chong Wei attributed his victory to the home fans.
“If this match was held somewhere else, the outcome could have been different – especially when I was trailing 4-8 against a strong player like Chen Long,” said Chong Wei. “I was going all out even for seemingly impossible shots,” added Chong Wei, who dropped to his knees in sheer jubilation after the win as the home fans gave their local hero a standing ovation.
Earlier, there was drama in the other semi final match in the men's single category between 2010 World Champion Chen Jin of China and Kenichi Tago of Japan when the former world champion retired due to an ankle injury. Four minutes into play Chen Jin requested for medical attention after taking a 2-1 lead.
While an all warmed-up Tago was waiting eagerly, Chen Jin took his time to get his ankle sprayed and taped. After five minutes, Japan coaches Park Joo-bong and Keita Masuda ran out of patience and called for umpire Kristal Tan of Malaysia to intervene.
Chen Jin went on to play but then decided to concede the tie after losing two consecutive points to Kenichi. “It is a waste that I had to retire,” said Chen Jin, grimacing in pain and getting his right ankle treated with ice pack during the press conference.
“I went for a shot and pulled a muscle. There was too much pain and I could not play.” But Kenichi was not too pleased with the outcome and said:” I would have rather played the match. I was all ready and it is disappointing that I could not.
“I am really looking forward to playing Chong Wei.
“He will have tremendous home support but I will be ready,” said Kenichi, before rushing off to the warm-up court for training.
Meanwhile, after doing so well to get to the semi-finals by winning three rubber matches in a row, mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying finally ran out of gas and fell tamely 13-21, 16-21 to top seeds Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China yesterday.
It was always going to be a tall order for Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who have never beaten the world champions, losing in all three previous meetings. Nevertheless, Peng Soon-Liu Ying can walk tall after equaling their best ever performance in a Super Series event since the 2010 China Open.