Lee Chong Wei joins Lin Dan in world badminton championship final

Lin Dan has progressed to the final even though the two-time Olympic champion hardly played competitively over the past year and entered on a wild card since he was ranked a low 100th before the World Badminton Championships. Lee Chong Wei too struggled through after losing first game to Du Pengyu.

updated: August 10, 2013 22:14 IST
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Guangzhou, China: World number one Lee Chong Wei will face Chinese superstar Lin Dan in the World Championships final Sunday that fans were hoping for, after a tense three-game victory in Guangzhou.

The Malaysian lost the first game of his semi-final Saturday against Du Pengyu in the southern Chinese city, sending shots out and into the net in a tentative start.

He clawed his way back from an 11-5 deficit but China's Du, ranked third, found answers to Lee's returns and raised the roof of the Tianhe gymnasium when he took the first 22-20.

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