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Malaysia Open: Lee powers past Axelsen to reach semis

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Sat, 30 Jun 2018

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia badminton ace Lee Chong Wei dispatched Danish world number one Viktor Axelsen at the Malaysia Open yesterday, cruising into the tournament’s semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur.

Dominating his 24-year-old opponent in a 45-minute match, the 35-year-old smashed past Axelsen scoring 21-17, 21-9.

With 11 Malaysia Open wins to his belt, Lee looks set to score another win on his home turf, a month after he thrashed the Dane at a group stage match at the Thomas Cup in Bangkok.

Setting the tempo in the first game with his trademark tight netplay, Lee served several deep cross-court smashes that left his opponent reeling to win 21-17.

Carrying on in the second game before a roaring crowd, the world number six overpowered Axelsen after the Dane made a number of errors, scoring 21-9 in just 21 minutes.

“I came into this match with nothing to lose and did everything I could,” Lee said after the win.

Lee said he wanted to play another two Malaysia Opens, adding that he would try for the 2020 Olympics “if all goes well”.

The women’s singles saw Taiwan star and world number one Tai Tzu Ying see off Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei 21-15, 21-15 to make the semifinals.

Tai will now go on to face India’s P.V. Sindhu, who overcame Spaniard Carolina Marin 22-20, 21-19.

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