Asian Games 2014: Badminton draw sets up Lin-Lee semi-final clash
The draw for the Asian Games badminton men`s singles Monday saw Chinese superstar Lin Dan and Malaysian number one Lee Chong Wei put on course for a semi-final clash.
Incheon: The draw for the Asian Games badminton men`s singles Monday saw Chinese superstar Lin Dan and Malaysian number one Lee Chong Wei put on course for a semi-final clash.
Fans are hoping for another classic showdown between the two badminton titans as Lee makes a last bid for gold in his Asian Games swansong.
The draw is determined by players` world rankings as of September 18 this year, so Lee and Chinese second seed Chen Long are at opposite ends of the draw.
With 30-year-old Lin picking and choosing his competitions these days, he is only seeded ninth, scraping into Lee`s half.
Lin is likely to face Hong Kong`s Hu Yun, seeded sixth, and Japan`s third seed Kenichi Tago on his way to the semis.
Lee looks set for an easier ride, with Thailand`s eighth seed Boonsak Ponsana the only ranked player he would have to take on before the semi-final.
In the other half of the draw, world champion Chen Long is the clear favourite, with Indonesia`s Tommy Sugiarto and South Korea`s Son Wan-Ho his biggest challengers.
If Lee, 31, does finally defeat nemesis Lin -- who has repeatedly denied him gold in major tournaments, including the Asian Games, Olympics and worlds -- he is likely to have to take down Chen in a replay of this year`s world championships final, where the 25-year-old Chinese powerhouse stormed to victory.
Korea`s Son is one to watch for an upset though, having pulled out some inspired performances in the men`s team event in Incheon.
If he manages to get past Chen, he could then have to Lin or Lee for a Korean gold.