KUALA LUMPUR: A repeat of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men's singles final is on the card, after Lee Chong Wei reached the title decider of the Hong Kong Open yesterday.
The Malaysian’s opponent in the final today is no other than China's Chen Long.
In the semi-finals at the Hong Kong Coliseum, Chong Wei saw off China shuttler Shi Yuqi, chalking up a 21-19, 21-8 triumph.
Chen Long, at the other end, was made to slog before carving out a 21-14, 19-21, 21-17 win against Denmark's Anders Antonsen in an earlier semi-final tie.
Chong Wei, 35, has not been enjoying a good run since the World Championships in August, and the Hong Kong Open is only his second final since the Japan Open in September.
The only title to Chong Wei’s name this season is the All England, which he claimed in March.
For Chen Long, it will be his fourth final this season, after winning the Asia Championships in April, and the China Open last week.
The Hong Kong women's singles final will see India's P.V. Sindhu take on World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.