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Chong Wei and Indonesian pair march on in India

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir will have the opportunity to defend their titles at the Yonex India Open after qualifying for the finals on Saturday.

Malaysia’s Chong Wei (left), who is showing no ill effects of his right shoulder injury which he sustained in last month’s All England final, made it to the title decider when he crushed Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao 21-13, 21-7 to set-up a meeting with South Korea’s Shon Wan Ho.

Chong Wei, who is preparing for the Olympics later this year, told reporters that this was his first encounter against Jen Hao and was slightly surprised by his opponent’s performance.

“This is my first match against him. He plays very well and has beaten some top players as well,” said Chong Wei. “I hope to continue my good form in the final tomorrow.”

Wan Ho ended India’s hopes in the tournament when he eliminated Olympic-bound P. Kashyap in three gritty games in the final OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament before the end of the Olympic qualification period ends this weekend.

Kashyap showed great heart before losing 14-21, 21-19, 16-21 in a 71-minute battle at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi.

In the mixed doubles, Tontowi-Liliyana (right), who announced their arrival on the world stage by winning this tournament 12 months ago, maintained their good record in India by reaching Sunday’s final.

The second seeds, who are one of the dark horses for the Olympic gold medal, had a surprisingly easy time against third seeds Lee Yong Dae-Ha Jung Eun.

The South Koreans appeared sluggish and never really got going and fell to a comprehensive 21-7, 21-14 defeat.

“Based on our performances from the earlier rounds, I was confident we could beat Lee-Ha. However, I never expected such an easy match,” Liliyana told PBSI.

“We did trail in the second game, but we had enough self-belief due to the fabulous start we had in the opening game. We knew we had to stay consistent.”

In the other semi-final, Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam, who are seeded fifth, survived a scare against unseeded Chinese duo Jiaming Tao-Huan Xia before clinching a 21-19, 22-20 victory.

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