Chong Wei eyes 65th title in Japan

Lee Chong Wei is on the cusp of winning his 65th career title following his win the in the semi-finals of the Yonex Japan Open on Saturday.

The Malaysian superstar made short work of qualifier Bin Qiao, who enjoyed a dream run in Japan.

Chong Wei needed just 39 minutes on the courts of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium to ease past Qiao 21-8, 21-16.

The first game was over in a flash, as Rio silver medallist strung together streaks of five and eight consecutive points as he raced to a 20-4 lead. Qiao put up some resistance, winning four more points but he was just delaying the inevitable.

The Chinese shuttler found some form in the second game though, with a run of four points taking him to just one behind Chong Wei at 11-10. The pair traded points to 13-12 before Chong Wei pulled away to win the game and book his place in the final.

Chong Wei will face third seed Jan O Jorgensen, who defeated sixth seed Wan Ho Son of South Korea 21-18, 21-13 earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the women's singles will feature an all-Chinese final between Bingjiao He and Yu Sun.

Bingjiao He defeated local hopeful Aya Ohori 21-17, 22-20 before seventh seed Yu Sun knocked out another Japanese challenger Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 21-18.

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