Former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei picked up a first win over great rival Lin Dan in three years after edging the double Olympic champion in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Malaysian prevailed 17-21 21-19 21-19 to record his first win over China’s Lin since the 2012 Korea Open and set up a Sunday final against world number one Chen Long.
Nearly-man Lee’s first win over the five-times world champion in China improved his head-to-head record against Lin to 10-25.
The Malaysian has lost two Olympic finals and two world championships to Lin, while Chen denied him the world title in Jakarta in August.
(Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore, editing by Ed Osmond)