Published: Friday January 18, 2013 MYT 9:43:00 PM
Updated: Friday January 18, 2013 MYT 9:46:57 PM
Malaysian Open: Chong Wei breezes into semis
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei breezed into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open after demolishing Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-12, 21-9 at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil here Friday.
After having a day's rest due to his second round opponent - Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana - withdrawing, Chong Wei came out firing on all cylinders and finished off the match in just 24 minutes.
The 30-year-old, who is on the verge of winning a record ninth Malaysian title, will take on Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen next.
The Dane dashed hopes of an all Malaysian semi-final after battling past Liew Daren in three games, winning 19-21, 21-13, 21-17.
In men's doubles, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah kept the Malaysian interest alive after a clinical 21-14, 21-16 win over South Korean qualifiers Kang Ji-wook-Lee Sang-joon.
In the women's singles, it was a sad end for two-time champion Tine Baun of Denmark, who was soundly beaten by Taiwanese youngster Tai Tzu Ying 22-20, 21-15.
In women's doubles, top seeds Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark were bundled out of the tournament but second seeds Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi kept their hopes alive after winning in three games.
In mixed doubles, top seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also had a fairly easy quarter-final match, defeating teammate Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing 21-13, 21-14.
The world No. 3, favourites to win their first Malaysian title, will next face Poland's Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba in the semi-finals.
The Poles were on top form, crushing Singapore's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo 21-11, 21-12.