Lee Chong Wei knocks out Srikanth

Lee Chong Wei knocks out Srikanth

Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei brushed aside India's top seed Kidambi Srikanth in just over 30 minutes as the Malaysian badminton great surged into the Asia Championships semifinals on Friday.

Lee, who also defeated Srikanth in the final earlier this month at the Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast, beat his younger opponent 21-12, 21-15 in their latest encounter.

At 35, Lee is a decade older than the Indian and approaching the end of his brilliant career, but it hardly showed as the masterful fifth seed set up a semifinal showdown against Japan's unseeded Kento Momota.

In the women's draw, there was better news for India as former world number one Saina Nehwal beat South Korea's Lee Jang-mi in their quarterfinal.

Nehwal, fresh from winning gold at the Commonwealth Games, defeated Lee 21-15, 21-13 to set up a last-four clash against either top seed Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan or China's He Bingjiao.


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