SUPER SERIES MASTERS FINALS
LIUZHOU, CHINA (DEC 14-18)
LIUZHOU: Cold winter winds were blowing outside, but inside the Li Ning Gymnasium yesterday, World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei turned on the heat on the opening day of the Super Series Masters Finals to win his Group A match in style.
Top seed Chong Wei overcame Japan’s Sho Sasaki, who was blowing hot and cold, 21-11, 18-21, 21-12 to signal a clear warning of his intention to capture the Masters Finals for the fourth time in a row.
He will take on Indonesia’s Simon Santoso in his second group match and a win will guarantee him a place in the semi-finals.
Yesterday, the Malaysian got off to a rousing start when he wrapped up the first game in quick fashion with his slicing chops and tantalising net play to break Sho’s rhythm.
The clever play immediately won the admiration of the local fans here.