Chen, Chong Wei to resume rivalry

World number one Chen Long will take on his predecessor Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Badminton World Championships, after both shuttlers won their respective semi-finals in Jakarta on Saturday.

Defending champion Chen proved far too strong for fourth seed Kento Momota, winning 21-9 21-15, while last year's runner-up Chong Wei beat world number two Jan O Jorgensen 21-7, 21-19 in a similarly one-sided match.

Chen, who has been the world's most dominant shuttler since beating the Malaysian legend in the final in Copenhagen last year, was simply far too quick for the former world junior champion from Japan in his semi-final.

In what proved to be an exhibition of power and elegance, the world number one confirmed his place in the title match after 52 minutes on court.

"I was mentally and tactically prepared for the match and I played the way I had anticipated. I am not thinking about the title yet. I just want to rest and prepare for the final," Chen said after his victory.

Two-time Olympic finalist Chong Wei has lost just once since making a return to action, having remained unbeaten at the Sudirman Cup before claiming back-to-back titles at the US Open and Canadian Open.

A defeat to Chen Long at the Chinese Taipei Open followed before the Malaysian legend took a breather before the World Championships.

During Saturday's match against second seed Jorgensen – who beat Lin Dan in the quarter-finals – the two-time World Championship runner-up Chong Wei took the lead early in the first game and raced into a 13-3 lead, an advantage he never relinquished.

Although the second game was a far more even affair with no more than two points between the two players, the Malaysian star kept his nerve throughout to book his place in the final once more.

Chen and Chong Wei have faced each other on 18 occasions prior to Sunday's final, with both players winning nine times. Chong Wei famously beat the Chinese shuttler in the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympics, before Chen got his revenge in the final of the World Championships in 2014.

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