Badminton: Indonesia's Sony to Face World No. 1 in Malaysia Open Finals

Badminton: Indonesia's Sony to Face World No. 1 in Malaysia Open Finals
Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro hits a return during his match against Japan's Kenichi Tago in the men's singles semi-finals of Malaysian Open Super Series 2013 badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. (Reuters Photo/Bazuki Muhammad)
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will face Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the finals of the Malaysia Badminton Open, after the home favorite overcame Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen.

Lee, who is bidding for a record ninth Malaysia Open title, dropped the second game to the determined and energetic 26-year-old emerging Dane, but eventually won through 21-13, 17-21, 21-12.

"It was indeed a tough match and Jan pushed me hard," said Lee, 30.

"I haven't faced him in over a year but he has bounced back from his injuries to break into the top five in the world. So I'm expecting another tough match," Lee said about Kuncoro. 

Kuncoro, a three-time Asian champion, was ranked as low as No. 79 in the world 10 months ago but is now in top form after battling back from back and leg injuries.

The 29-year-old, a bronze medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics, will move up to No. 4 when the new world rankings are announced next week.

Kuncoro advanced to the final by beating Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-12, 19-21, 23-21.

"I'm delighted to be back in the mix of a Superseries final. A year ago, my career was in jeopardy due to all my injuries but I've buckled down and I'm happy with my progress," he said.

In the women' singles, China's Yao Xue will be in her first Superseries final after beating South Korea's Bae Yeon-Ju 21-15, 21-18 in 34 minutes.

Yao, who turned 22 on Thursday, will take on 18-year-old Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan, who stunned Indian top seed Saina Nehwal 22-20, 21-14.

"I never expected to come this far in this tournament. I had to come through the qualifying rounds and to reach the final is a big bonus for me," Yao said.

Chinese pair Bao Yixin/Tian Qing beat Indonesia's Lejarsar Variella Aprilsasi Putri/Marissa Vita 21-13, 21-17 to book a berth in the women's doubles finals.

The Chinese pair will face Japan's Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. The Japanese players had earlier defeated Singapore's Shinta Mulia Sari and her partner Yao Lei 22-20, 21-14.


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