Chong Wei to face Chen Long for Hong Kong title

Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei will vie for his first title since March when he takes on Chen Long in the Hong Kong Open final on Sunday.

The former World No 1 from Malaysia’s encouraging return to form continued as he defeated sixth seed Shi Yuqi of China 21-19, 21-8 in Saturday’s semi-finals.

After coming through a tight battle in the opening game, Chong Wei totally dominated the contest in the second to reach his 101st international final.

Chong Wei hasn’t won a title since he captured his fourth All-England Open crown more than eight months ago. He last reached a final at September’s Japan Open, but lost to Viktor Axelsen.

Standing between him and the silverware is two-time world champion Chen Long from China.

Chen, fresh from his victory at last week’s China Open, battled hard to overcome Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-14, 19-21, 21-17 in his semi-final.

The women’s draw will see an all-star final between the two top seeds in the competition – World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying and P.V. Sindhu from India.

It is a repeat of last year’s final, which was won by Tai.

On Saturday, Sindhu advanced after beating Ratchanok Intanon 21-17, 21-17, while Tai defeated Sung Ji Hyun 21-9, 18-21, 21-7.