Lin scores final clash with Wei
Updated: 2006-06-18 10:40 World top men's singles
shuttler Lin Dan has eliminated fellow Chinese Chen Jin to set up a repeat final
against Lee Chong Wei in the Malaysian Open badminton championships.
Top seed Lin Dan, playing his first international tournament since the Thomas
Cup victory over Denmark in May, showed he was in fiery form as he tore apart
senior teammate Chen Jin 21-15, 21-11 in the semis.
Home favorite Lee Chong Wei came back from being down in the first game to
knock out South Korean Lee Hyun-il 15-21, 21-12, 21-6 in the other match-up.
Both Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei had met at last year's Malaysian Open, with
Lee coming out victorious.
In the women's singles semifinals, top seed Zhang Ning of China smashed Wang
Chen 21-16, 21-11 to set up a final clash with England's Tracey Hallam, who beat
China's Xie Xingfang 6-21, 24-22 and 21-18 in the semis.
China has booked the women's doubles title as Gao Ling/Huang Sui and Du
Jing/Yu Yang each defeated their rivals to enter an all-Chinese final.
Meanwhile, China's Olympic champion Zhang Jun/Gao Ling advanced into the
mixed doubles final with a 2-1 victory, while the men's double's players, Fu
Haifeng/Cai Yun, were stopped at the semifinals after losing to their Malaysian
opponents 21-17, 23-21.