Chong Wei to resume Chen rivalry

Lee Chong Wei will resume his rivalry with Chen Long in the Malaysia Open on Sunday after both shuttlers triumphed in their respective semi-finals.

World number one Chen found nearly found himself at the wrong end of a massive upset in his match against Jonatan Christie, before pulling himself together to beat the 18-year-old 8-21, 21-19, 21-14.

Chong Wei, meanwhile, made short work of Jan O Jorgensen in his semi-final, beating the Dane 21-7, 21-14.

Unseeded Indonesian Christie had the world number one on the ropes in the first game, racing to a 17-2 lead in no time, before the Chinese top seed got a few points on the board, albeit only to add some respectability to the score.

The second game was a much closer affair, although it was once again the teenager from Jakarta that made most of the running. 

He led 8-4, 15-10 and 19-16 in the second stanza, before the two-time world champion was able to respond, rattling off the next five points to force the game into a decider.

Christie stuck to his task manfully in the third game, but after the world's best player took the lead at 7-6, the result was never in doubt.

Chong Wei's victory was far more routine, and his Danish opponent simply had no answer to the quality of his all-round play.

The former world number one from Malaysia raced through the first game, and although the second stanza was far closer, Chong Wei was able to keep Jorgensen at arms length throughout.

Chen and Chong Wei have faced each other on 23 occasions, with the world number one winning 12 of those encounters.

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