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Jorgensen Hands Chong Wei a Place in the Final Jan 18

World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei was handed a place in the final of the Maybank Malaysia Open when Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen aggravated a muscle injury on his right leg.

 

The world No 3 retired when trailing 21-13, 3-0.

 

“I only had 14 days of training before flying off to the Korea Open last week. It’s a muscle injury and it has been acting up the last couple of days,” said Jorgensen.

 

“I tried to carry on, but the pain was too much.”

 

Chong Wei said he thought Jorgensen not seriously injured .

 

“I didn’t expect him to retire and thought he was trying to play mind tricks,” said Chong Wei.

 

“I don’t feel any extra pressure going for my 10th title. I will not underestimate Tommy (Sugiarto) even though I have never lost to him.”

 

The final will be a rematch of the BWF World Superseries Finals men’s singles gold medal which 21-12, 21-10.

 

Tommy had a surprisingly easy victory over Japan’s Kenichi Tago, winning 21-13, 21-18.

 

The turning point came when Tommy’s return at the net hit Tago in the face and the fifth seed took offence, even though Tommy immediately apologise.

 

“I don’t know why he reacted he way he did. We are good friends off the court and I didn’t mean to hit him. He lost his cool and I took advantage to win,” explained Tommy.

 

Meanwhile, China are assured of winning the women’s singles crown and are also in with the chance to win three more crowns.

 

Olympic champion Li Xuerui will take on former world champion Wang Shixian for the women’s championship after brushing aide teammate Yao Xue 21-17, 21-8 while Wang Shixian, winner in Malaysia two years ago, crushed South Korean Bae Yeon-Ju 21-9, 21-16.

 

The other Chinese shuttlers in the finals are Chai Biao-Hong Wei (men’s doubles), Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua (women’s doubles) and Xu Chen-Ma Jin (mixed doubles).

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