World No 1 men’s single Lee Chong Wei is enroute to the final after scalping Denmark’s Peter Gade-Christensen 2-1 in the semi-final match at the Malaysian Open Super Series at Putra Stadium here today.
In the hour-long, closely-fought match, the Malaysian had to give away the first set 24-26 to the Dane, ranked world No 6, but regained his momentum to win the second 21-17 and then the rubber set 21-13.
“Peter Gade’s game-plan was a total surprise. He played fast, which caught me by surprise. In the first set, I was under pressure with his (manner of) play,” he said, adding however, that he managed to handle the pressure.
To motivate him, Chong Wei’s coach Misbun Sidek, who is still recovering from an illness, was also present to watch and advise him during the breaks.
Asked on his two straight wins in deciding rubber sets, Chong Wei said it was a good experience as he was on the verge of defeat but somehow, made a comeback to win them.
In the quarter-final’s yesterday, he beat Simon Santoso 21-9, 18-21, 21-7.
In tomorrow's final, Lee Chong Wei will face South Korean fifth seed Park Sung Hwan.