The veteran badminton players, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Lin Dan of China will face each other in an epic semifinal match after winning their respective quarterfinal matches in the men’s singles Badminton tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 33-year-old, Malaysian, Lee Chong Wei defeated Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in straight sets by the score of 21-9 and 21-15 and finished the match in 41 minutes duration.
The world’s ranked number one, dominated once again the game who had the biggest lead with 13 points in the first set while 8 points in the second set. The Chinese Taipei national only leads one point during the first set and from there on, he never tasted any lead during the second set. Both players didn’t commit any service fault.
Lee Chong Wei defeated Derek Wong and Soren Opti during the preliminary group play round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old, Chinese, Lin Dan survived the Indian player, Srikanth Kidambi in a very thrilling three-set match. Lin Dan defeated Srikanth Kidambi by the score of 21-6, 11-21 and 21-18, in a 1 hour and 4-minute battle.
The world ranked number 3 still managed to get back his momentum and eventually won the match despite dropping the second set. His biggest lead throughout the match is by 10 points.
In the other semifinal match, Another Chinese player Chen Long will face Viktor Axelsen after winning their corresponding quarterfinal matches. Chen long defeated Son Wan Ho of Korea in three sets by the score of 21-11, 18-21 and 21-11. Viktor Axelsen, on the other hand, defeated the British player, Rajiv Ouseph in straight sets by the score of 21-12 and 21-16.
It will be a crucial game for the defending 2012 London Olympics silver and gold medalist, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan. If Lee Chong Wei will win, it will be the sweetest revenge for his rival who defeated him twice in the last two Olympics. If Lin Dan wins, this will be another chance to grab his third straight Olympic gold medal after winning the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
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