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ARKIB : 11/01/2004

Chong Wei to face Kay Bin in the final

SEREMBAN Jan 10 - Defending champion Lee Chong Wei will square off with Yeoh Kay Bin in the finals on Sunday after trouncing senior shuttler Lee Tsuen Seng in the semifinals of the Proton-Eon National Grand Prix Badminton Finals 2003, at the Negeri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club, here Saturday night.

Known as the country's most improved men's singles for 2003, Chong Wei took only 30 minutes to beat the more experienced Tsuen Seng 15-10, 15-5.

The Kuala Lumpur Open champion last December took control of the opener when he led his senior 4-0 before Tsuen Seng managed to level the points to 4-4.

Tsuen Seng only managed to add six points before Chong Wei quickened his pace and sealed the game 15-10.

In the second set, Chong Wei led Tsuen Seng right from the beginning through a combination of jumping smashes and drop-shots and took the game at 15-5.

"Tsuen Seng is an experienced player. The only way to beat him is through a combination of jumping smashes and drop shots, to make him tired.

"But it was quite an easy game tonight. Tsuen Seng is skillful but lacks of physical endurance," Chong Wei told reporters after the game.

Tsuen Seng, who had an unfortunate season last year without any title, when asked to comment on his game said Chong Wei had improved a lot.

"Chong Wei's game has improved a lot since we met last July during the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Elite Challenge last July.

"I won that game in a rubber set but tonight, he won it in a straight set," he said.

Meanwhile, Kay Bin also registered an easy game against Kuan Beng Hong, beating his opponent 15-11, 15-1 in just 10 minutes.

Kay Bin, the Indian Satellite champion, was in control in both sets without giving any chance to Beng Hong, the Bahrain Satellite champion, to overtake him.

"This is my third attempt for the Grand Prix Finals title. The first in 2002 and the second last year.

"I'm confident of winning tomorrow's game because I have beaten Chong Wei before, during the 2002 Perak Open finals," he said.

In the Men's Doubles, SEA Games silver medallist Chew Choon Eng/Chang Kim Wai will do battle with Koo Kien Keat/Gan Teik Chai on Sunday.

Choon Eng/Kim Wai beat Lin Woon Fui/Hong Chieng Hun 15-6, 15-6 while Kien Keat/Teik Chai defeated Ng Kean Kok/Ong Ewe Hock 15-3, 15-9.

In the women's singles, SEA Games gold medallist Wong Mew Choo easily defeated Julia Wong Pei Xian by 11-1, 11-9 in 25 minutes.

Mew Choo will do battle with Norsyahliza Baharum who earlier trounced Anita Kaur by 11-6, 11-4.

"We've met three times before but I never registered a single win against her. It will be a tough day for me tomorrow," Norsyahliza said.

In the mixed doubles, Mohd Zakry Latif/Joanne Quay pulled an upset against senior Koo Kien Keat/Chin Eei Hui by beating them 15-13, 15-7.

They will meet the pair of Gan Teik Chai/Fong Chew Yen who earlier beat Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari/Ooi Sock Ai by 10-15, 17-15, 15-7.

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